|About the Book|
By universal consensus, there is only one exhibition worth seeing at this year’s Venice Biennale, Giuditta Cancellieri’s Il Timore di Dio, consisting of six paintings of something as yet undisclosed to anyone. Don’t bother buying tickets, though. AMoreBy universal consensus, there is only one exhibition worth seeing at this year’s Venice Biennale, Giuditta Cancellieri’s Il Timore di Dio, consisting of six paintings of something as yet undisclosed to anyone. Don’t bother buying tickets, though. A local authority injunction means no one’s getting in, not even the artist’s closest associates. Since the announcement of Il Timore’s inclusion in the festival, the city has been filling with felons, and most commentators don’t think that’s an accident.Some people say the pictures depict Italy’s most powerful gangsters, or its politicians, in compromising situations- some say they portray certain influential people’s future deaths- some claim they’re detailed illustrations of the end of the world. Others are more cynical: the canvases are blank or even non-existent.For Signorina Cancellieri is no ordinary artist. A twenty-five year old AIDS-victim from one of the toughest districts of Naples, she’s also closely linked to one of MI7’s old enemies, Constantius Sopa.Just to complicate matters, the Veneto is poised on the brink of an election. If things go as everyone expects, it will secede from Italy and give birth to Repubblica Veneta. Everything is at stake. A lot of people stand to make a killing - in both senses.As things come to a head, Agent Gavin Freedman is dispatched from London to find out just how intimate the link between Giuditta Cancellieri and Constantius Sopa is. Can she be persuaded to reveal his whereabouts? Or deceived into it? Or is she vastly more ingenious than anyone has given her credit for? Could the furore surrounding the pictures be merely a cloak for some vastly more destructive scheme not entirely hers?