The Eye Stone: The First Medieval Noir about the Birth of Venice


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5.2 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Roberto Tiraboschi was born in Bergamo (Italy) and lives between Rome and Venice. Screenwriter and playwright, he has worked with Nobel laureate Dario Fo and written screenplays for Italian directors, including Marco Pontecorvo, Silvio Soldini, and Liliana Cavani among others. His novels, Sonno and Sguardo 11, have enjoyed considerable success with both critics and readers. The Eye Stone is the first of his novels to be published in English.

Katherine Gregor translates from Italian, Russian and French. Her published translations include Stone Goddess by Luigi Pirandello, Eugene Onegin (a translation and dramatization pf Pushkin's novel, directed on the london stage by Susannah York), The Whales Know by Pino Cacucci, and The Battle of Shadows by Andrea Japp. She also writes plays, fiction and a regular blog (


Praise for The Eye Stone

"Tiraboschi is part of the great tradition of European storytellers and yet he reminds readers of contemporary classics like Perfume by Sรผskind and Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller."
--Sergio Pent

"Setting the action in medieval Venice was a stroke of genius, thanks to Tiraboschi's keen historical eye and sense of atmosphere."

"Roberto Tiraboschi knows how to recount a city and an era that are both poisoned by intrigue and violance. His writing is powerful and evocative."
--Venerdรญ di Repubblica

"A compelling, enlightening read with characters exhibiting both strength and weakness in physcal and moral terms, each one appealing in a distinct way and a great twist at the end. If you love Italy, Venice, history, mystery, a good have them all right here."
--Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association

"A generous, thrilling look at the birth of modernity and the embryonic splendors of a city that is unique in the world."
--La Stampa

"Tiraboschi is playful enough to weave in a good deal of profanity and even some buffoonery and also insightful enough to remind the reader periodically of the sheer technological miracle that sits perched so cheaply and easily on the bridge of their nose, allowing them to read the pages in front of them."
--Open Letters Monthly