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Ewige Jugend

The Waters of Eternal Youth

Commissario Brunetti's 25th Case
Published by Diogenes as Ewige Jugend
English Title: The Waters of Eternal Youth. Commissario Brunetti's 25th Case

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown. She survived thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her unable to learn or mature. The lush claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he could not 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 is 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. Brunetti 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 perpetual childhood, The Waters of Eternal Youth is another wonderful addition to this series.


Crime fiction, General Fiction
336 pages
2016

978-3-257-06969-3

World rights are handled by Diogenes

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»One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.«
Washington Post
»For Donna Leon's many devoted fans, the appearance of her 25th Guido Brunetti novel will be cause for celebration.«
Bill Ott / Booklist (starred review), Chicago

»Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries never disappoint [...] The Waters of Eternal Youth [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti's philosophical takes on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.«

Marilyn Stasio / New York Times Book Review

»A new Brunetti adventure is always worth celebrating […] marvelous and moving.«

Booklist (starred review), Chicago

»The Waters of Eternal Youth . . . [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti’s philosophical take on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.«

 

Marilyn Stasio / New York Times Book Review

»The Waters of Eternal Youth has the most satisfying ending of any book I’ve read in recent memory.«

Joe Hartlaub / www.bookreporter.com

»[. . .] the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater.«

Kirkus Reviews, New York

»Donna Leon is a truly fine novelist, period, and should be acclaimed as such.«

Times Literary Supplement, London

»All the things that are wrong with the city appear in these books: corruption, decay and overcrowding are part of the scenery and Leon pulls no punches describing them. But she still loves Venice and Brunetti and so do her readers.«

Literary Review, London
»One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.«
Washington Post
»For Donna Leon's many devoted fans, the appearance of her 25th Guido Brunetti novel will be cause for celebration.«
Bill Ott / Booklist (starred review), Chicago

»Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries never disappoint [...] The Waters of Eternal Youth [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti's philosophical takes on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.«

Marilyn Stasio / New York Times Book Review

»A new Brunetti adventure is always worth celebrating […] marvelous and moving.«

Booklist (starred review), Chicago

»The Waters of Eternal Youth . . . [is] a bittersweet story that makes us appreciate Brunetti’s philosophical take on the indignities, insanities, and cruelties of life.«

 

Marilyn Stasio / New York Times Book Review

»The Waters of Eternal Youth has the most satisfying ending of any book I’ve read in recent memory.«

Joe Hartlaub / www.bookreporter.com

»[. . .] the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater.«

Kirkus Reviews, New York

»Donna Leon is a truly fine novelist, period, and should be acclaimed as such.«

Times Literary Supplement, London

»All the things that are wrong with the city appear in these books: corruption, decay and overcrowding are part of the scenery and Leon pulls no punches describing them. But she still loves Venice and Brunetti and so do her readers.«

Literary Review, London
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