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This historical novel takes place in Napoleonic Europe and follows the journey of a young soldier named Henri. Henri is obsessed with Napolean and strives to be in his good graces until he leads 2,000 men to their deaths. At this point, Henri decides to escape, walking from Moscow to Venice with a battle-trained prostitute named Villanelle. During their long journey, Henri falls in love with Villanelle, whose heart already belongs to a Venetian woman. The two form a close bond that breaks only when Henri loses his sanity and is locked up at San Servelo, a criminal madhouse. There is more than meets the eye in this magical novel as Villanelle and Henri navigate the lines between reality and mysticism. I really enjoyed Winterson’s writing and would recommend her novel to anyone craving a little whimsy.

— From What Hannah is Reading

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679724377
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: March 1st, 1990
Pages: 160