Stories of Venice: Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Watermark’

Posted: 25/03/2017 by vequinox in Literature


51pCQBNHPFLAccording to legend, on the 25th of March 421, Venice was founded. Its founding is identified with the dedication of the first church San Giacomo at the islet of Rialto. Nevertheless, it has been hard to place it within historical context, as the church had not been mentioned in any form of document until 1152. Whatever the truth, Venice has successively spread onto 118 islands, formed by 177 canals. Amongst the numbers crucial in creating the city’s unique atmosphere one can add: 409 – the number of bridges, 119 – the number of churches, and 50,000 – the average number of tourists visiting Venice each day, including numerous artists, writers and poets. In fact, Venice, often referred to as ‘the living museum’, has become one of the most inspirational urban muses of all time. It is mostly down to the richness of historical and cultural echoes reverberating with each…

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