The Politics of Washing : Real Life in Venice

The Politics of Washing : Real Life in Venice 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
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