About this book
If Venice Dies
Salvatore Settis • André Naffis-Sahely
What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? This eloquent book by the internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Pearl of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown — there’s now only one resident for every 140 visitors — and Venice’s fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. In If Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that “hit-and-run” visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. He warns that Western civilization’s prime achievements face impending ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization. This is a passionate plea to secure Venice’s future, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.
About the Creators
Salvatore Settis is an art historian and archaeologist who has served as director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. He currently heads the Louvre Museum’s scientific council and has written several books of art history.
André Naffis-Sahely is a translator and poet who was born in Venice and grew up in Abu Dhabi. He lives in Hudson, N.Y.