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Venice & The Dalmatian Coast

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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A Traveller's History of Croatia

A Traveller's History of Croatia

by Benjamin Curtis

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe. (BLK155, $14.95)

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Morris reconstructs the whole of the glittering dominion of the Venetian Republic in this evocative account of a journey by sea along historic trade routes to the Adriatic and beyond. (ITL70, $24.95)

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

Fodor's Venice's 25 Best

by Citypack

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information. (ITL106, $13.99)

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights. (BLK39, $23.00)

Croatia Coast Map

Croatia Coast Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2011
  • MAP

A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline. (BLK17, $14.95)

Venice Map

Venice Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals. (ITL26, $8.95)

 
Rick Steves' Snapshot Dubrovnik

Rick Steves' Snapshot Dubrovnik


by Rick Steves

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A tour guide in your pocket, this compact guide covers where to go and what to do in burgeoning Dubrovnik and surroundings. (BLK169, $11.99)

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. (MED185, $18.00)

Croatia, A History

Croatia, A History


by Ivo Goldstein | Nikolina Jovanovic

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

A concise, balanced history of Croatia, from medieval times to the present, by a professor at the University of Zagreb. (BLK30, $29.95)

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War


by Marcus Tanner

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993. (BLK23, $25.00)

Gondola

Gondola


by Donna Leon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 80 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola's history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs. (ITA439, $27.50)

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans


by Dennis Hupchick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. (BLK41, $22.00)

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco


by Iain Fenlon

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful, and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide. (ITA113, $14.95)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $15.00)

Venice, a Maritime Republic

Venice, a Maritime Republic


by Frederic C. Lane

  • HISTORY
  • 1973
  • PAPER
  • 505 PAGES

Lane focuses on the history of trade, taking in not just on La Serenissima but also Dubrovink and the other cities of its once far-flung domain. (ITL24, $35.00)

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation


by Laura Silber | Allan Little

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

Called "one of the finest volumes to come out of the war" by the New York Times, this book combines eyewitness reports, political commentary and documentary photographs to elucidate the origins and aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. (BLK03, $17.00)

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic


by Dial Parrott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 413 PAGES

With 112 color illustrations and four maps, the Genius of Venice presents the magnificent buildings of the celebrated piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" in this handsome cultural history. (ITA376, $40.00)

Venice, The Grand Canal

Venice, The Grand Canal


by Daniele Resini

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER

This ingenious book unfolds accordion-style to reveal a 42-foot panorama of the palaces, churches and museums fronting Venice's glorious Grand Canal. The photographer, Daniele Resini, took the photographs over a period of three years to create one perfectly continuous portrait of this architectural wonder. (ITL663, $50.00)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $18.00)

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed


by Slavenka Drakulic

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist. (BLK38, $15.99)

The World of Venice

The World of Venice


by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Venice Is a Fish

Venice Is a Fish


by Tiziano Scarpa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima. (ITL964, $12.00)

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

Dibdin -- a master of ambiguous settings, shady dealings and fast-paced prose -- returns to Venice in this sixth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series. (ITL577, $14.95)

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater. (ITL555, $14.99)

Montenegro, A Novel

Montenegro, A Novel


by Starling Lawrence

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essences of the people and the land. (BLK08, $14.99)

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina


by Ivo Andric | Lovette F. Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration. (BLK59, $15.00)

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story


by Horace Walpole

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic. (ITL631, $8.95)

The Hired Man

The Hired Man


by Aminatta Forna

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 293 PAGES

When Duro Kolak encounters a strange car in his small Croatian village of Gost, he offers its British occupants assistance in setting up a summer cottage. But tensions soon develop between the village residents and the foreigners, as painful memories from the Croatian War of Independence are awakened. (BLK180, $24.00)

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