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Venice & Rome in literature...non travel book recommendations?

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I am going to Venice and Rome over Christmas and New Years this winter with my family. Looking to read something in the non travel book realm about the city (s). Not necessarily classic stuff ( old) but stuff to get me into the mood of being there.

Some titles I have perused... travel accounts (Joseph Brodsky’s "Watermark," Harold Brodkey’s "My Venice," Mary McCarthy’s "Venice" , Ruskin’s "Stones of Venice"; a couple of novels, Donna Leon and Barry Unsworth’s "Stone Virgin,"Mann’s "Death in Venice"and Ian McEwan’s "The Comfort of Strangers".

Haven't looked much into Rome yet. Venice first!

Have you read these? Recommendations ?

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