|Original title||La fête à Venise|
|Published||New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1994 (first English edition)|
Watteau in Venice (French : La fête à Venise) is a novel by French author Philippe Sollers published in 1991 by Editions Gallimard, later translated into English by Alberto Manguel, and then published in 1994 by Charles Scribner's Sons.
French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.
Philippe Sollers is a French writer and critic. In 1960 he founded the avant garde journal Tel Quel, published by Seuil, which ran until 1982. In 1982 Sollers created the journal L'Infini published by Denoel which was later published under the same title by Gallimard for whom Sollers also edits the series.
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The novel is a satirical story of art theft in Venice, including a romance with an American art student and frequent references to art. Ann Irvine of 'Library Journal' describes it as "a clever and sophisticated work that will appeal most to those who know European art and music."Alexander Theroux of Review of Contemporary Fiction is less complimentary: "...all of it comprising a kind of Art Crit 301 strung to a weak detective story -- the novel hasn't a smidge of drama -- gave Sollers to believe he had a good idea for a novel. Sadly, he did not."
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