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      The City of Falling Angels
      by John Berendt

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      • Places: Venice, Italy
      • ISBN: 9780143036937 (0143036939)
      • Format: paperback, 414 pages
      • Genres: travel, history, italy, mystery, memoir, crime, historical
      • Release date: September 26, 2006
      • Author: John Berendt
      • Language: english
      • Publisher: Penguin Books

      About The Book

      The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the “magic, mystery, and decadence” of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.

      Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble — foundations shift, marble ornaments fall — even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi’s operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective — inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city — while gradually revealing the truth about the fire.

      In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking “suicide” prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the first family of American expatriates that loses possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, partygoing Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning one another’s motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others-stool pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.

      Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to reveal a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting. The fire and its aftermath serve as a leitmotif that runs throughout, adding the elements of chaos, corruption, and crime and contributing to the ever-mounting suspense of this brilliant book.

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