AUTHOR: Jeanette Winterson
PUBLISHER: Grove Press
AWARDS: John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1987), Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Nominee for Best Book in South Asia and Europe (1988)
by Jeanette Winterson
Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice’s compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny.
The main character (Villanelle) is attracted to people of multiple genders.