By Andrea Di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice's glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo used to be scion to at least one the city's oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the gorgeous, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. as a result of their dramatically varied positions in society, they can no longer marry. And Giustiniana's mom, afraid that an affair might wreck her daughter's possibilities to shape a enhanced union, forbade them to work out one another. Her prohibition basically fueled their wish and so started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a number of intimates and servants (willing to danger their very own positions) to trip love letters backward and forward and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. finally, Giustiniana stumbled on herself pregnant and he or she became for support to the notorious Casanova--himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the unimaginable tale of this star-crossed couple is instructed in a panoramic narrative, re-created partially from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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