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The City of Falling Angels

by John Berendt

The City of Falling Angels
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    Sep 2005, 320 pages
    Oct 2006, 320 pages

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A tale full of atmosphere and surprise by the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: Nonfiction Travel

From the book jacket: 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 (pronounced fay-nee-CHAY), 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 ...

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