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Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice opera house fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with such locals as a suicidal poet, a surrealist painter, and a master glassblower learned about the region's rich cultural history. By the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (Travel)
"Berendt does great justice to an exalted city that has rightly fascinated the likes of Henry James, Robert Browning and many filmmakers throughout the world." (starred review)
"[A]n intriguing mosaic of modern life in Venice, which makes for first-rate travel writing."
Publishers Weekly, 07/18/2005
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