By Marlena de Blasi
He observed her around the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. while he sees her back in a Venice café a yr later, he is aware it really is destiny. He is familiar with little English; and he or she, a divorced American chef, speaks in basic terms food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her middle has misplaced its capability for romantic love. yet inside months in their first assembly, she has packed up her residence in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and reside in that achingly wonderful urban within which they met.
Vibrant yet vaguely baffled by way of this daring circulation, Marlena is crushed by way of the sheer foreignness of her new domestic, its rituals and customs. yet there are scrumptious moments whilst Venice opens up its palms to Marlena. She chefs an American banquet of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she discovered within the Poughkeepsie center college health club to a candlelit trattoría close to the Rialto Bridge. the entire whereas, she and Fernando, disparate souls, construct a rare lifetime of ardour and possibility.
Featuring Marlena’s personal superb recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the captivating actual tale of a girl who opens her heart—and falls in love with either a guy and a city.
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Her pregnancy was given international media coverage on a scale that would only be superseded by the pregnancy of Loren in 1968. The coverage of Lollobrigida’s imminent motherhood was overwhelming and the subsequent birth of Milko Skofic Jr. 20 Within Italy, the event was covered in the national press, illustrated magazines, and provincial newspapers. 22 The extent of coverage even gave rise to some protest. 23 The response offered by the editor underlined the national role that the actress held in Italy and stressed the fact that she was reflecting a very valid image for women in the 1950s, that of the loving and caring mother figure.
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A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi