If Venice Dies, Paperback Book

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What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasurebelong? This eloquent book by the internationally renownedart historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions,igniting a new debate about the Pearl of the Adriatic andcultural patrimony at large.

Venetiansare increasinglyabandoning their hometown - ther's now only one residentfor every 140 visitors and Venice's fragile fate has becomeemblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as itcapitulates to tourists and those who profit from them.

InIf Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis,Settis argues that ` hit-and-run' visitors are turning landmarkurban setting into shopping malls and theme parks.

He warnsWestern civilisation's prime achievements face impendingruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenisation. This is passionate plea to secure Venice's future, written withconsummate authority, wide-ranging erudition, and elan.

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