This is the story of ordinary life in an extraordinary place. The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there?
To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to hospital or to set off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient life - where the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Death; where schools are housed in renaissance palaces and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot.
This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it up - indeed, they love it with a passion.
The Politics of Washing is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/2013
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780719808784