This is not a novel. This is a little piece of jewelery. I must thank Ruxandra Cesereanu for this recommendation; she's madly in love with the book and she's mentioned it several times on her blog. It was a delicious reading, especially since it took me two years to find the book. If you're into travels, music and magical realism (how does a jam session with Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti and a bunch of orphan young women sound?), Venetian carnival and oh! the Italian wines and food, you must grab it!