One of the world’s most treasured cities, Venice has been Leon’s home for more than thirty years, and her books open the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international travelers who enjoy the city’s canals, food, and art every year.
Excerpt: On the Beating Heart of the City
By long tradition, the custodian lives in the tower, which means not only that he lives alongside the ticking heart of the clock but also that he has from his rooftop one of the most breathtaking views of the city, which is itself an endless succession of breathtaking views.
After extensive testing, the clock will be returned to Venice and reinstalled in the tower. On February 1, 1999, exactly five hundred years from the date of its inauguration, the clock will again be put into function and will resume measuring out the minutes and hours of Venice’s days. It is much to be hoped that Alberto Peratoner, custodian and philosopher, will be restored to his home inside the beating heart of the city.
For a few minutes, a silent Laura sat at the center of their loud, genuine, admiration, then she passed her tiny stuffed animal from hand to hand as all of them sang its phrases and told her how lucky she was to have it. They handled it with great care and treated her with equal respect; they could not have been more careful with a relic or a baby.
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