"A marvellous novel, beautifully written and compelling to read" (Daily Telegraph
"A tour de force
of informed, atmospheric writing ... an impressive, thought-provoking book" (Sunday Times
"An enthralling exploration of time and of Venice and of the creative mind" (New Yorker
"A remarkable novel ... a superlative evocation of a Venice of murky calli
... a master stylist" (Spectator
Passionate, erotic and haunting, this is a brilliant novel by one of Britain's most important novelists.