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Donna Leon

Donna Leon

Donna Leon, born in New Jersey in 1942, has worked as a travel guide in Rome and as a copywriter in London. She  taught literature in universities in Iran, China and Saudi Arabia. Commissario Brunetti made her books world-famous. Donna Leon lived in Italy for many years, and although she now lives in Switzerland, she often visits Venice.

Awards
  • ›Lifetime Achievement Award‹ vom Strand Magazine, 2019
  • Ein Sohn ist uns geboren war auf der Shortlist des ›Golden Dagger Award‹, 2019
  • ›B.Z.-Kulturpreis‹ (Berliner Zeitung), 2018
  • ›Premio Pepe Carvalho‹ anlässlich des Krimifestivals BCNegra von der Stadtregierung Barcelonas, 2016
  • Das Hörbuch Mein Venedig ist auf den 1. Platz des österreichischen Publikumspreises ›Buchliebling‹ gewählt worden, der Roman Verschwiegene Kanäle erzielte den 3. Platz in der Rubrik ›Krimis und Thriller‹, 2006
  • ›Silver Award‹ in der Kategorie ›Krimi/Thriller‹ des britischen Hörbuchpreises ›Spoken Word Awards‹ für das englische Hörbuch Blood from a Stone (dt. Blutige Steine) , 2005
  • Donna Leon erhält den ›Corine – Internationaler Buchpreis‹ für Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima, 2003
  • Donna Leon ist im Rahmen der Veranstaltungen zum Welttag des Buches für Nobiltà mit dem ›Goldenen Buch‹ des Österreichischen Hauptverbandes des Buchhandels ausgezeichnet worden., 2000
  • Donna Leon erhält den ›Silver Dagger‹ der Crime Writers' Association für Friends in High Places (dt. Feine Freunde), 2000
  • 3. Platz für Venezianische Scharade in der Internationalen Sparte beim 13. ›Deutschen Krimi-Preis‹, 1997
  • Japans renommierter ›Suntory‹-Preis für Death at la Fenice (dt. Venezianisches Finale), 1991
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Movie Adaptations
  • Ewige Jugend, Sigi Rothemund, 2019
  • Endlich mein, Sigi Rothemund, 2018
  • Tod zwischen den Zeilen, Sigi Rothemund, 2017
  • Das goldene Ei, Sigi Rothemund, 2016
  • Tierische Profite, Sigi Rothemund, 2015
  • Reiches Erbe, Sigi Rothemund, 2014
  • Auf Treu und Glauben, Sigi Rothemund, 2013
  • Schöner Schein, Sigi Rothemund, 2012
  • Das Mädchen seiner Träume, Sigi Rothemund, 2011
  • Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen (TV), Sigi Rothemund, 2010
  • Wie durch ein dunkles Glas, Sigi Rothemund, 2009
  • Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima, Sigi Rothemund, 2008
  • Blutige Steine, Sigi Rothemund, 2008
  • Endstation Venedig, Sigi Rothemund, 2006
  • Das Gesetz der Lagune, Sigi Rothemund, 2006
  • Beweise, dass es böse ist, Sigi Rothemund , 2005
  • Verschwiegene Kanäle, Sigi Rothemund , 2005
  • Acqua Alta, Sigi Rothemund, 2004
  • Sanft entschlafen, Sigi Rothemund, 2004
  • Venezianisches Finale, Sigi Rothemund , 2003
  • Feine Freunde, Sigi Rothemund , 2003
  • Nobiltà, Sigi Rothemund , 2002
  • In Sachen Signora Brunetti, Sigi Rothemund , 2001
  • Davon stirbt man nicht, Christine Hartmann, 2001
  • Venizianische Scharade, Christian Castelberg, 2000
  • Vendetta, Christian Castelberg, 2000
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»Brilliant.«
Sunday Times, London
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times
»Brunetti's humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight.«
The New York Times, Book Review
»Brunetti remains unique – an everyman who's also extraordinary.«
Publishers Weekly
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph, London
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday, London
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
Ursula K. LeGuin / The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Patrick Anderson / The Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro, Paris
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung, Zurich
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen.«
Sarah Weinman / Baltimore Sun
»In the footsteps of Brunetti, endowed with a ruthless humor and a healthy appetite, Donna Leon's readers discover Venice better than with a guide book.«
Le Monde, Paris

»Donna Leon's books are a joy.«

The Guardian, London

»When writing about her beloved Venice, Donna Leon can do no wrong.«

The New York Times
»Brilliant.«
Sunday Times, London
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times
»Brunetti's humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight.«
The New York Times, Book Review
»Brunetti remains unique – an everyman who's also extraordinary.«
Publishers Weekly
»A splendid series . . . with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can almost smell it.«
The Sunday Telegraph, London
»Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.«
The Mail on Sunday, London
»[Donna Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.«
Ursula K. LeGuin / The New York Times
»The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon's novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized. For readers with a certain mindset—distaste for violence, love of Italy's cultural and sensual pleasures and scorn for officialdom — Donna Leon's novels are always a pleasure.«
Patrick Anderson / The Washington Post
»Donna Leon guides us through Venice like James Ellroy through Los Angeles or Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn through Barcelona: with an eye used to detect what lies behind the façade.«
Le Figaro, Paris
»Donna Leon is a top thriller writer, on a par with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell. Women, so it would seem from literary history, have always been in their element with the genre of murder and violence.«
Sonntags Zeitung, Zurich
»Brilliantly evokes Venetian atmosphere. The characters of Brunetti and his family continue to deepen throughout this series.«
The Times, London
»Donna Leon is the undisputed crime fiction queen.«
Sarah Weinman / Baltimore Sun
»In the footsteps of Brunetti, endowed with a ruthless humor and a healthy appetite, Donna Leon's readers discover Venice better than with a guide book.«
Le Monde, Paris

»Donna Leon's books are a joy.«

The Guardian, London

»When writing about her beloved Venice, Donna Leon can do no wrong.«

The New York Times
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Tod zwischen den Zeilen
Himmlische Juwelen
Wie durch ein dunkles Glas
Himmlische Juwelen
Das goldene Ei
Heimliche Versuchung
Bei den Brunettis zu Gast
Mit Brunetti durch Venedig
Stille Wasser
Tiere und Töne
Gondola
Ein Sohn ist uns gegeben
Stille Wasser
Wie durch ein dunkles Glas
Heimliche Versuchung
Himmlische Juwelen
Latin Lover
Endlich mein
Das Mädchen seiner Träume
Beweise, daß es böse ist
Schöner Schein
Endlich mein
Schöner Schein
Ewige Jugend
Blutige Steine
Ewige Jugend
Die dunkle Stunde der Serenissima
Mein Venedig
Zwei Fälle für Commissario Brunetti
Reiches Erbe
Tod zwischen den Zeilen
Mein Venedig
Das goldene Ei
Feine Freunde
In Sachen Signora Brunetti
Auf Treu und Glauben
Ein Sohn ist uns gegeben
Tierische Profite
Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen
Reiches Erbe
Tierische Profite
Auf Treu und Glauben
Lasset die Kinder zu mir kommen