Watermark

Watermark

Book - 1992
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In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters-- each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)-- "Watermark" associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject-- and an author-- readers have never before seen.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374148126
0374148120
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 20 cm

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wyenotgo
Mar 25, 2018

I found the prose to be overdone; erudite to the point of opacity. I can understand why Brodsky's sophisticated style is lauded by many critics but it doesn't make for enjoyable reading. Accuse me of mental laziness if you will, but for me, prose has to sing in my imagination and this doesn't do it.

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