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THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by John Berendt

Berendt, John

Published by New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2005
ISBN 10: 1594200580 / ISBN 13: 9781594200588
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Title: THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS - Scarce Pristine...

Publisher: New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 414 pages. Published in 2005. The author's second nonfiction account. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, after a hiatus of more than ten years, John Berendt's "The City of Falling Angels". The second book by the former Editor of Esquire and New York Magazines, who was catapulted to immense national and international fame with his breakthrough debut, "Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil". The city is Venice, which Berendt rushed to three days after the Fenice Opera House, whose legendary status is matched only by the Milan, burned to a crisp. Using this catastrophic event and its aftermath, Berendt deploys the same incomparable skills he showed in his previous account to capture the character of a place through its prismatic citizens and expatriates, all of them colorful, idiosyncratic, and fascinating. It is not too much to say that Berendt has so much more that is important and enriching to say about the inner and outer lives of his impressive cast of characters than most contemporary novelists do. He also says it with grace, a keen ear, and love of people and what makes them "tick". The Savannah of "Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil" was redolent of Southern charm and cunning, the secrets and lies that held the fraying fabric of an old place together. Venice is not just another old place. It is The Old World itself, the city-as-museum. As a subject, it is a new and altogether different challenge for Berendt because unlike his "re-discovery" of the Savannah, Venice has been the central character of many great literary pieces across the centuries. Henry James, Thomas Mann, Mary McCarthy, Joseph Brodsky, Jan Morris, Ian McEwan, and Susan Sontag, to name a select few, readily come to mind among late-modern writers alone. "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 serves as a leitmotif that runs throughout, adding to the elements of chaos, corruption, and crime, and contributing to the ever-mounting suspense of this brilliant book" (Publisher's blurb). Berendt's debut stayed put on The New York Times bestseller list for four years, a record that no other book has matched let alone surpassed. For the last ten years, the author has been dogged with questions about what he will write next. Here, at last, is his tantalizing answer. An absolute "must-have" title for John Berendt collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by John Berendt. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine, Venetian beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 1594200580. Bookseller Inventory # 9124

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