One of my email-friends who had the pleasure to read this novel as one of the firsts described "The Lizard" this way:

"It's wonderful, when someone comes along such innocent presenting his heart to you on a golden plate and you just can't help and take it and keep it and alter in order to be able to keep hold of it."

I guess, that's the essence of this novel. Thank you, Christiane.

A note to the background of "The Lizard"

Not all the characters I've mentioned are fictional. The Gondi family lived in Florence from the 11th Century onwards. I don't know if any of their descendants are still alive. All traces of them seem to be lost. They were rich merchants and were elevated to the nobility, leaving a famous palazzo behind. The Pucci Palazzo can also be seen though any comments about the fashion-designer, Emilio Pucci's sexual inclinations are purely speculation on my part. The same goes for the painters, Masaccio and Masolino. They worked together; their art works are still displayed. Whether they were lovers nobody knows, though it is said that Masaccio had a liking for his own gender as also Donatello and Brunelleschi.

List of Characters

Historical Persons

Opificio delle Pietre Dure

The Cult of Mithras

Tabasco Bar

Learn more about Florence and Pisa

The Naked Chef

Italian words

Book 1: Primavera

Part 1-2   Part 3-4    Part 5

Part 6    Part 7   Part 8  

Part 9   Part 10   Part 11 

Part 12  Part 13  Part 14  Part 15  Part 16 

Part 17  Part 18  Part 19 

Book 2: Estate

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4 

Part 5  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8 

Part 9  Part 10 

Book 3: Autunno

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  

Part 5   Part 6   Part 7   Part 8  

Book 4: Inverno

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  

Part 5   Part 6   Part 7   Part 8  

Part 9     

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