The Apothecary's Shop

Author(s): Roberto Tiraboschi

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In a medieval Venice undone by devastating famine and excessive, orgiastic Carnival festivities of all kinds, the protagonists of The Apothecary's Shop chase a dream of rebirth, the eternal dream of defeating death.

The young Costanza, of the noble Grimani family, has disappeared. The family scribe, Edgardo, promises to return the girl to her family, who themselves may not be above suspicion. Doctors, apothecaries, undertakers, Eastern merchants, farmers: everyone seems to be involved in the girl's disappearance, even African slave traders.

Abella, Edgardo's ambiguous ally and the only female doctor in Venice, introduces him into secrets and occult practices of medicine. Through her, Edgardo discovers Sabbatai's Apothecary, where remedies and concoctions of all kinds are prepared and clues to Costanza's disappearance may lie.

The Apothecary's Shop is an erudite thriller in the vein of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and offers readers an astonishing voyage into medieval Venice.

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Praise for The Apothecary's Shop "Nobody writes about Venice like Roberto Tiraboschi in The Apothecary's Shop."--L'Unita "The pieces of this mystery allow Tiraboschi to pull us into a distant world, a medieval Venice that we are not used to imagining and that has rarely been written about."--La Repubblica "An extraordinary book, a gripping trip back through time to discover a different but still unique Venice and its political intrigues and mysteries, where the scents of spices and opium, drugs and poisons, love and suffering, and East and West are just some of the ingredients of a story that is impossible to forget."--Art as a Part of Culture Praise for Roberto Tiraboschi's The Eye Stone "This exceptional vision of a city in the throes of metamorphosis will persist in the reader's mind long after the murder mystery is resolved...A noir situated in beautifully evoked 12-century Venice."--Shelf Awareness "Roberto Tiraboschi knows how to recount a city and an era that are both poisoned by intrigue and violence. His writing is powerful and evocative."--Venerdi di Repubblica Praise for The Apothecary's Shop "Nobody writes about Venice like Roberto Tiraboschi in The Apothecary's Shop."--L'Unita "The pieces of this mystery allow Tiraboschi to pull us into a distant world, a medieval Venice that we are not used to imagining and that has rarely been written about."--La Repubblica "An extraordinary book, a gripping trip back through time to discover a different but still unique Venice and its political intrigues and mysteries, where the scents of spices and opium, drugs and poisons, love and suffering, and East and West are just some of the ingredients of a story that is impossible to forget."--Art as a Part of Culture Praise for Roberto Tiraboschi's The Eye Stone "This exceptional vision of a city in the throes of metamorphosis will persist in the reader's mind long after the murder mystery is resolved...A noir situated in beautifully evoked 12-century Venice."--Shelf Awareness "Roberto Tiraboschi knows how to recount a city and an era that are both poisoned by intrigue and violence. His writing is powerful and evocative."--Venerdi di Repubblica

Roberto Tiraboschi was born in Bergamo, Italy. He is known as one of Italy's most stylish screenwriters and playwrights. His novels have enjoyed success with both critics and readers. The Eye Stone was the first of his novels to be published in English.

General Fields

  • : 9781609454173
  • : Europa Editions
  • : Europa Editions
  • : October 2017
  • : 21.00 cmmm X 13.50 cmmm
  • : United States
  • : October 2017
  • : books

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  • : Roberto Tiraboschi
  • : Paperback
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  • : en
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