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By Andrea Di Robilant

ISBN-10: 0307424553

ISBN-13: 9780307424556

Within the waning days of Venice's glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to 1 the city's oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the attractive, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. as a result of their dramatically assorted positions in society, they can now not marry. And Giustiniana's mom, afraid that an affair could spoil her daughter's possibilities to shape a better union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition purely fueled their wish and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a couple of intimates and servants (willing to possibility their very own positions) to travel love letters from side to side and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. finally, Giustiniana came upon herself pregnant and she or he became for aid to the notorious Casanova--himself infatuated with her.

Two and part centuries later, the unimaginable tale of this star-crossed couple is instructed in a panoramic narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.

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Like me, many Nobel laureates believe one of the major challenges we face in the twenty-first century is to deal effectively with the linked problems of environmental protection and global sustainability. Words like ‘ecology’, ‘environmentalism’ and ‘sustainability’ that were almost totally absent from public discourse more than forty years ago now have major political resonance. It’s something Alfred Nobel could have only guessed at. Would he have instituted a Nobel Prize for Sustainability if he had lived to 1996 rather than 1896?

The presentation ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall is followed by the white-tie Nobel banquet—complete with gold-leafed plates and gold-plated cutlery—for 1200 in the town hall. Protocol is paramount: laureates are taught how to bow, and are told it is all right to turn their back on the king as they return to their seat (we were shown a video of a statuesque Pearl Buck, the 1938 literature winner, reversing very uncomfortably in a tight evening dress for what seems about a hundred feet). Laureates are also taught how to make the Scandinavian toast ‘skal’, and the men must wear full evening dress for the ceremony and dinners.

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