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Night Falls on the City: The Lost Masterpiece of Wartime Vienna

Sarah Gainham. Kate Mosse, intro.
Publisher Abacus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 4.95 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780349000336
Pages/Publication Date 622/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38470
List Price: Import
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Vienna in 1938 is a place of high culture, gilded opera houses, and intellectual salons. Actress Julia Homburg and her husband, politician Franz Wedeker, embody the enlightened brilliance of their native city. But Wedeker is Jewish, and just to the north the tanks of Nazi Germany stand ready for the Anschluss. In the shadow of oppression, a clear conscience is a luxury few can afford, and Julia finds she must strike a series of hateful bargains with the new order if she and her husband are to survive. A foreign correspondent who moved to Germany after World War II and then to Austria, Sarah Gainham wrote a number of thrillers set in central Europe. Night Falls on the City was first published to wide acclaim in 1967, and was followed by two further Vienna novels, A Place in the Country and Private Worlds.

"A compellingly intimate portrait of Vienna from the Anschluss to the end of the Second World War, which captures its atmosphere of fear, mistrust, corruption and ultimate collapse. There are no heroics; instead Sarah Gainham offers a scrupulously detailed story of individuals forced through barbarism into chaos."—Helen Dunmore

"One of the most rewarding novels I have ever read…. It is all done with a sure, confident but restrained hand, which make the terror and horror of it all the more potent.... A big serious subject wrapped in a sparkling, alluring parcel of well-plotted, well-told and exciting fiction."—Mail on Sunday (London)

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