By John Berendt
The town of Falling Angels is a non-fiction paintings by means of John Berendt. The publication tells the tale of a few attention-grabbing population of Venice, Italy, whom the writer met whereas dwelling there within the months following a hearth which destroyed the ancient los angeles Fenice opera condominium in 1996.
The publication explores neighborhood reactions to the hearth, from the yank "Save Venice" starting place to Venice's bureaucratic executive. (Opera enthusiasts discuss with the theater as los angeles Fenice, now not 'The Fenice' as Berendt calls it. l. a. Fenice is Italian for "Phoenix.") The opera apartment burned back whereas the second one preservation was once ongoing.
Among these interviewed is Archimede Seguso, a popular Venetian glassblower of the 20th century. Signor Seguso lived without delay in the back of los angeles Fenice and witnessed the fireplace. quickly afterwards he created glassworks devoted to the reminiscence of the fireplace, in his personal rendition of the way the opera apartment burned.
The publication additionally tells the tale of many American and English expatriates who went to dwell in Venice, from Daniel Curtis, who owned Palazzo Barbaro the place Henry James and John Singer Sargent have been site visitors, to the poet Ezra Pound who lived the final a part of his existence in Venice along with his long-time mistress Olga Rudge.
Upon this book's unlock on September 27, 2005, it entered Amazon.com's most sensible Ten Bestsellers record and used to be number 1 at the long island occasions bestseller list.
According to Kirkus reports, "Berendt does nice justice to an exalted urban that has rightly involved the likes of Henry James, Robert Browning, and plenty of filmmakers during the world."