First edition, first print hardback of THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS, by John Berendt and published by Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre) in 2005. Flatsigned by the author on the title page (see picture below).
The book is in very good condition with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is price clipped (rubbing/creasing to edges, nothing too drastic). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. Light stain on bottom page ends, and light scratch to back cover, but again nothing drastic at all. Some spinal lean.
John Berendt arrived in Venice in February 1996 for a long spell in the city that had captivated him on his first visit. His intention was simply to see it without the obscuring overlay of tourists, but he quickly realized his arrival had coincided with an extraordinary moment. Using the fire that destroyed the Fenice Theatre as a starting point Berendt takes us on a unique tour of the city and its inhabitants.
It is a tour that few are privileged to enjoy. For behind the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Millionaire art collector Peggy Guggenheim, Ezra Pound's mistress Olga Rudge, Alistair and Romilly McAlpine, are some of the high profile residents (or former residents); but no less fascinating are lesser-known eccentric Venetians such as Plant Man Adriano Delon, Massimo Donadon the Rat Man of Treviso, or Mario Moro - self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week.
Perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people and persuade them to talk frankly, Berendt weaves and elegantly captivating narrative that is mischievous, witty and utterly compelling.
ISBN: 0 340 82498 0
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John Berendt THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS Signed First Edition
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First edition, first print hardback published by Sceptre Books (Hodder & Stoughton) in 2005. Flatsigned on the title page.