Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all blowsy,
shimmering color, twisting alleys, grand piazzas, and turquoise blue canal
surrounded by decadently gorgeous mansions. John Berendt arrived in 1996 a
short while after a conflagration with flames reaching to the heavens ruined
the famed opera house, La Fenice. Known
for his dark, moody book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,
he thought there might be a book in this story too. Have you ever visited a gorgeous place and
thought why not stay a while? John acted
on that impulse thus giving us a fascinating book. It is the story of the fire, the story of
some of Venice’s residents, and an intimate portrait of a truly beautiful
city. He tells how the widow and estate
of Ezra Pound was probably bilked by the wife of an employee of the Guggenheim
museum. The Save Venice foundation is
rife with internal strife. A maestro of
glassblowing creates wildly imaginative art commemorating the destruction of La
The #1 New York Times bestseller!
Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.
About the Author
John Berendt has been a columnist for Esquire and the editor of New York magazine, and is the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction.
Funny, insightful, illuminating... [Venice] reveals itself, slowly, discreetly, under Berendt's gentle but persistent prying. (The Boston Globe)
Berendt has given us something uniquely different....Thanks to [his] splendid cityportrait, even those of us far from Venice can marvel. (The Wall Street Journal)