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A World by Itself Tradition and Change in the Venetian Lagoon by Shirley Guiton

A World by Itself Tradition and Change in the Venetian Lagoon


A World by Itself Tradition and Change in the Venetian Lagoon by Shirley Guiton

A World by Itself is Shirley Guiton's second book about life in the Venetian Lagoon, following No Magic Eden; but whereas that book was principally concerned with the island of Torcello, where the author had made her home, A World by Itself, takes a broader view, encompassing the northern lagoon islands of Torcello, Burano, Santa Christina and San Francesco del Deserto, and considers how the island communities there would react to the technological upheavals of the twentieth century. As she says, 'Though tradition in the lagoon is strong, the forces of change in this century are stronger.' With its astute depictions of the islands and islanders and its moving concern for the future of their ways of life, A World by Itself, first published in 1977, is as ground-breaking as its predecessor. With this book and No Magic Eden, it may be said that Shirley Guiton has done for the Venetian Lagoon what Ronald Blythe did for Akenfield.

About the Author

Shirley Guiton was born in Rome, and educated in England, South Africa and France. She travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America and Africa. In 1963 she bought a property on the Venetian island of Torcello and her experiences there formed the basis of two influential books about life in the Venetian Lagoon, No Magic Eden and A World by Itself.

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Publication date

12th June 2009


Shirley Guiton

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Faber & Faber


216 pages


Classic travel writing



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