In Donna Leon’s
Commissario Guido Brunetti series, the Venetian inspector has been
called on to investigate many things, from shocking to petty crimes. But
in The Waters of Eternal Youth, the 25th novel in this celebrated series, Brunetti finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all.
years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to
swim, she went under and started to drown, only surviving thanks to a
nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out,
though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in
a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk
man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the
following day he couldn’t remember a thing.
Now, at a fundraising
dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness—the
girl’s grandmother—asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti’s not
sure what to do. If a crime was committed, it would surely have passed
the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and
a willingness to fulfill the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, who
happens to be his mother-in-law’s best friend, he agrees.
soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a
case. Awash in the rhythms and concerns of contemporary Venetian life,
from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African
migrants, and the haunting story of a woman trapped in a damaged
perpetual childhood, The Waters of Eternal Youth is another wonderful addition to this series.
Boktitel: The Waters of Eternal Youth Författare: Donna Leon Bokförlag: William Heinemann: London
Donna Leon (born September 29,
1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of
crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over
twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature
for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe)
in Italy, then as a Professor from 1981 to 1999 at the american
military base of Vicenza (Italy) and a writer.
Her crime novels
are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and
translated into many foreign languages, although not, by her request,
into Italian. Her ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, won the
Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000.