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Against Venice (Anti-Voyages Series, No. 1)
Against Venice (Anti-Voyages Series, No. 1) Regis Debray 1556433050 9781556433054 This is the first book in a new Anti-Voyages series which aims to subvert the clichs of travel and travel writing. In a world glutted with books extolling foreign lands
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Against Venice (Anti-Voyages Series, No. 1) by Regis Debray

This is the first book in a new Anti-Voyages series which aims to subvert the clichs of travel and travel writing. In a world glutted with books extolling foreign lands and intrepid travelers,Against Venicestands alone. Noted intellectual Regis Debray evokes a vivid picture for us in hyperbolic, tongue-in-cheek prose of a cultural amusement park, a kind of Euro-Disney for snobs. In this ostentatious sanctuary of the Beautiful, the Artificial, and the Picturesque, the tired senior exec or stockbroker feels rejuvenated, transfigured by the glow of Art; the Tourist, caught up in the festive unreality of the citys ongoing fancy dress ball, feels free on the very spot where the native inhabitant feels imprisoned. Venice only plays the city and we play at discovering it. And, as the introduction points out, it is not finally Venice itself, but rather this repertoire of poses, temptations, daydreams, and alibis it so easily encourages that is Debrays real target. Kill this inner Venice, he urges, or it will surely kill you.

Author: Regis Debray

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Publication Date: 2000-01-06

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