Venice is at the top of my armchair travel destinations. It is such a magical city. I love to be there. I love to think about it. And I love to read about it.
This is a list of books about Venice, including fiction, non-fiction, and cookbooks. It is not a comprehensive list. These are the books about Venice that are on my TBR shelf now (in blue), on my wish list, or that I have already read (in red).
There is a much lengthier list of Venice books on a great website called Fictional Cities, along with lists of books about Florence and London.
Any suggestions? Please leave comments.
The general list is in alphabetical order, by title. Following that is a list of mysteries by Donna Leon featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, all set in Venice. The lengthy series is listed in publication order, starting with the first book in the series.
Alibi by Joseph Kanon (novel)
The Aspern Papers and Other Stories by Henry James (short stories)
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt (non-fiction)
The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan (novel)
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (novel)
Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier (short stories)
A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich (non-fiction)
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (non-fiction) (reviewed here);
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (novel)
Locations by Jan Morris (non-fiction) (reviewed here)
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (play)
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (short stories)
Serenissima by Erica Jong (novel) (reviewed here)
The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin (non-fiction; abridged)
Stone's Fall by Iain Pears (novel)
Stone Virgin by Barry Unsworth (novel)
Temporary Kings by Anthony Powell (novel)
Territorial Rights by Muriel Spark (novel)
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi (non-fiction)
A Traveller's Companion to Venice, edited by John Julius Norwich (non-fiction)
Venetian Affair by Helen MacInnes (novel)
Venetian Holiday by David Campbell (novel)
Veneto: Authentic Recipes from Venice and the Italian Northeast by Julia della Croce (cookbook)
Venice Observed by Mary McCarthy (non-fiction)
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (novel)
The World of Venice: Revised Edition by Jan Morris (non-fiction)
COMMISSARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI MYSTERIES
Death at La Fenice
Death in a Strange Country
Dressed for Death
Death and Judgment
Quietly in Their Sleep
A Noble Radiance
Friends in High Places
A Sea of Troubles
Blood from a Stone
Through a Glass, Darkly
Suffer the Little Children
The Girl of His Dreams
A Question of Belief
NOTE: Last updated December 28, 2012.