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Beautiful and illuminating: Radio 4’s the Venice Conundrum reviewed

5 August 2023

9:00 AM

5 August 2023

9:00 AM

The Venice Conundrum; The Balsall Heath Bohemians

BBC Radio 4

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The playwright Carlo Gozzi marvelled at ‘The spectacle of women turned into men, men turned into women, and both men and women turned into monkeys’ in 18th-century Venice, and Jan Morris, visiting in the 1950s, did likewise. It would be more than a decade before Morris went under the knife, but already he was contemplating a transition more permanent than any he observed at carnival time.

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