A Crappy Statue
Bookish Thoughts from a venetian Icon
Poor old Nicolo Tommaseo. After a distinguished career as a literary scholar and champion of Venetian freedom, you are posthumously rewarded with a statue in one of the most beautiful squares in the city, only for it to be known for ever more as “the book crapper”.
“El Cagalibri” isn’t the most romantic of titles, but for generations of Venetians, the s…