A Venetian Affair


Irrestible North

chasing the rose

A Venetian Affair

"An enthralling love story. . . The letters reveal all the excitement of a clandestine relationship. . .
Passion has seldom seemed so intense."
–Miranda Seymour, Daily Telegraph

The New York Times Book Review Covert Operations Reviewed by Angeline Goreau, October 26, 2003

The Boston Globe
Romeo and Juliet in Venice Reviewed by Antony Shugaar, March 14, 2004

The New Yorker
Life and Letters, Love in Venice August 18, 2003

The Observer
Actually, Casanova, You're Not My Type Reviewed by Ed Vulliamy, January 25, 2004

The Sunday Times Literary Suplement
Cover Book: A Venetian Affair Reviewed by John Carey, February 1, 2004

The Telegraph
A Passion Unmasked Reviewed by Elizabeth Grice , January 26, 2004

ALEX CHADWICK Special 10-15-2003
Interview: Andrea di Robilant discusses his new book, "A Venetian Affair"

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Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon

“What an amazing life, what a great story!”
–The Washington Post Book World

The Independent Lucia in the Age of Napoleon by Andrea di Robilant - Lucia Mocenigo became Byron's
landlady in Venice. It was only the last chapter in an extraordinary life– Reviewed by Michelle Lovric,
28 October 2007

The Washington Post
An Extraordinary Family Legacy Reviewed by Carolyn See; February 8, 2008

W magazine
Napoleon Complex By Robert Murphy Photographed by Ronald Dick February 2008

The Sunday Telegraph
Byron's Venetian landlady Reviewed by Frances Wilson

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Irresistible North (Knopf)/ Venetian Navigators (Faber)

The Atlantic Conference The Zen Voyages

Andrea is an author and historian working and living in Italy. Thus, he has an unusual access to records and the
history of the Zen (Zeno) brothers, who voyaged out into the Atlantic in search of Cod. Mr. di Robilant has
found new information and brings new interpretations to this much-disputed story of pre-Columbian voyaging
as he prepares a new book which will be released soon. This is a 3-part video presentation.
Launch presentation

The New York Times Book Review Who Really Discovered America? by Sara Wheeler, June 3, 2011

The Financial Times Venetian Navigators by Angel Gurria-Quintana, March 21, 2011

The Spectator The Trail Goes Cold by Joanna Kavenna, April 2, 2011

Los Angeles Times Irresistible North by Andrea di Robilant. The author retraces the Zen brothers'
possible trip to the New World in the late 14th century. It's a fascinating journey of discovery.
December 19, 2011 By Nick Owchar.

The Independent Venetian Navigators by Ian Thomson, March 25, 2011

The Times Literary Supplement The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North by
Roderick Conway Morris, June 3, 2011

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Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside


"A unique exploration of how human history often leaves its imprint in the most unexpected of places"

Publishers Weekly

"History and anecdote abound on this entertaining journey with di Robilant on his quest to get the rose officially named by the American Rose Society"

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