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The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
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.
This book opens in 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Venice opera house, a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving 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.
He introduces us to a rich cast of characters, Venetian and expatriate, in a tale full of atmosphere and surprise which reveals a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting. The fire and its aftermath serve as a leitmotif, adding elements of chaos, corruption, and crime and contributing to the ever-mounting suspense.
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