9781400044641 / 1400044642

In Lucia's Eyes


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Publisher:Knopf, 2005



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About the book:

Following his hugely acclaimed debut, The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi (Fascinatingly ambitious . . . Haunting -- The New York Times), Arthur Japins magnificently imagined second novel takes us into the most rarified and the most sordid realms of eighteenth-century Europe in the company of an extraordinary woman.

She is a servant girl in an Italian manor house, educated by her lascivious lord, engaged to a young man by the name of Giacomoand suddenly disfigured by the pox. Fleeing in shame and without warning, piercing the heart of her beloved, Lucia faces a bewildering new world alone. She will move across Europe for sixteen yearsfrom Naples to Venice, Paris, and Amsterdamworking as a housekeeper, a ladys companion, and finally, as a much-sought-after courtesan. In salons, opera boxes, and boudoirs, her curiosity and intelligence are nurtured by the revolutionary new ideas of the Enlightenment, passionately debated in spheres of society she has never known before. But not until her accidental reunion with Giacomo Casanovanow the tragic figure of infamous legendwill the lessons of her astonishing journey be revealed to her, and with them, her truest self.

In Lucias Eyes is a rich and vibrant evocation of a time past, and an emotionally daring story of the individual spirits transformation by love.

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