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Losing Venice


Surrounded by beauty, can you learn to live beautifully?

Travel marketing executive Mark Vandermar leads an itinerant life. Elsewhere is where he calls home, so it’s no surprise when he’s called to Venice to help craft the Venice Tourism Council’s new campaign to attract skittish post-September 11 American tourism dollars.

As he gets to know Venice’s colorful campos and canals, his relationship with Venice grows more complex and its fascinating history both influences him and becomes a mirror reflecting the turbulence of the early twenty first century. In addition to Venice, Mark’s journey of discovery unfolds among some of Europe’s most captivating locales, including Prague, Budapest and the Greek islands where he encounters a cast of compelling characters that lead to life-changing consequences.

The geography of his new life is marked with discovery and reinvention, but what he really seeks is to learn to live beautifully, to find a place and a person, to call home.

Like the finest expatriate novels, Losing Venice is as richly textured as its fabled locales and dives deeply into the possibilities, perils, and pleasures of learning how not to be lost.

Authors Biography

Scott Stavrou is from Las Vegas and a graduate of Georgetown University. He has lived and worked as a writer in San Francisco, Prague, and Venice. He presently lives on a small Greek island. He has written fiction and non-fiction for numerous publications in America and Europe and was awarded a PEN International Hemingway prize for short fiction. Losing Venice is his second book.


…this remarkable, beautifully written novel is packed with excitement and absurdity, longing and love, but its triumph is its narrative… Losing Venice is a wonderful book. A damned wonderful book.
Larry Francis, author of An Anthropology of Anonymity and other novels

If you’ve ever wondered why people still write novels, reading Stavrou’s, Losing Venice, might answer your question. This funny, poignant account of failure that turns to success is beautiful. It captures a moment and place that though in the recent past, seems as distant as Hemingway’s Paris and as important. A reminder of what the business of literature, of living is. All lovers of the art of writing and romance should read it.
George Crane, best-selling author of Bones of the Master

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  1. Losing Venice is such beautifully written novel that I didn’t want it to end. It’s an engaging story of self-discovery and finding love that took me on adventures in Venice, Prague, and the Greek Island of Hydra. The protagonist’s clever and insightful reflections on life, identity, and love are evocative and peppered with humor, literary references, and moving descriptions. I wholeheartedly recommend Losing Venice and look forward to Scott Stavrou’s next novel.

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