San Lazzaro island was the city’s
leper colony until the Doge
gave the Armenians sanctuary, no doubt
to annoy the Turks. An antique engraved print
of the monastery, which occupies
the whole island, hangs on the wall above
the small table I use for my laptop.
The monks did the engraving and print.
Their library is Alexandrian in scope.
Gordon Lord Byron, escaping the
blandishments of Shelley’s sister-in-law,
took an apartment on the Grand Canal,