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Night Falls On The City: The Lost Masterpiece of Wartime Vienna [Tapa blanda]

Sarah Gainham , Kate Mosse

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10 de julio de 2012

Vienna, 1938. Beautiful actress Julia Homburg and her politician husband Franz Wedeker embody all the enlightened brilliance of their native city. But Wedeker is Jewish, and just across the border the tanks of the Nazi Reich are primed for the Anschluss.

When the SS invades and disappearances become routine, Franz must be concealed. With daring ingenuity, Julia conjures a hiding place. 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 highly acclaimed bestseller when first published in the 1960s, Night Falls on the City is a true lost classic, and an unforgettable portrait of wartime.


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A pleasure to read . . . 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, bestselling author of The Siege and The Betrayal)

Brilliant and moving. (Simon Mawer, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Glass Room)

A rare novel of beauty and scope and ambition ... without doubt Gainham's masterpiece (Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth)

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Vienna in 1938 is a place of high culture, gilded opera houses and intellectual salons. Beautiful actress Julia Homburg and her politician husband Franz Wedeker embody all the enlightened brilliance of their native city. But Wedeker is Jewish, and just across the border the tanks of the Nazi Reich are primed for the Anschluss.

When the SS invade, lists are drawn up and disappearances become routine, Franz must be concealed. With daring ingenuity, Julia conjures a hiding place. In the shadow of oppression the old certainties evaporate; the streets are full of spies and collaborators, allegiances shift and ancient hatreds resurface. 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 highly acclaimed bestseller when first published in the 1960s, Night Falls on the City is a true lost classic, and an unforgettable portrait of wartime.


Detalles del producto

  • Tapa blanda: 640 páginas
  • Editor: Little, Brown (10 de julio de 2012)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 1408703793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703793

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Amazon.com: 4.5 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  4 opiniones
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Completely absorbing 23 de junio de 2012
Por Anina - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
I was delighted to see this re released after so many years. This is a wonderful book which I first read in the 1960s. The characters are so real that when I visited Vienna shortly after reading it I expected to see Julia and her friends everywhere I went. Sarah Gainham was a central European correspondent for The Spectator for years and she had an intimate knowledge of life, society and customs in post war German speaking Central Europe, where many of her books are set. This is probably the greatest of them, and I really hope the sequels "A Place in the Country" and "Private Worlds" are also republished. Anyone who meets Julia will want to read the story to the end of the third volume. Although these are works of fiction Gainham said she frequently met people who insisted that they had known Julia Homburg- that should give you some idea of just how real is the world she recreated. This is a book in which the reader becomes completely absorbed.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Unusual masterpiece 6 de enero de 2013
Por Mrs. S. Wainwright - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
i found this book by chance while looking throu the kindle lists. I read a summary,and found the style and the content of the highest quality.
The story is so tense but also very realistic and you feel a part of the scene; Historically,it was fascinating to be within the city of Vienna and see it and its population slowly crumble under the pressure of change.
There was a feeling of a play within a play by using a theatre company as the central characters.
I do not often want to read a book again but this one I will because there are so many nuances,easily missed at a first reading
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas ” I opined I would probably be more comfortable with 5 23 de octubre de 2014
Por N. K. Goldsmith - Publicado en Amazon.com
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A ‘one size fits all” book review? You decide. In recent months I have somehow (certainly not on purpose) been immersed in books related, more or less to the Holocaust. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; In A Dark Wood by Marcel Moring; Emperor of Lies by Sem-Sandberg; By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille; Night Falls On The City by Sarah Gainham, to name a few that stick in my mind. The plot, the characters, the story line, the locale all vary from book to book, but the Holocaust underlies them all.
Central to this underlying theme is the incredible suffering of Jews during World War II, at the hands of the Nazis, the Austrians, the French, the Poles, the Russians, pick a nationality of your choice.
A Tunisian acquaintance once asked me if I believed in the Holocaust. My initial answer was trite “What’s not to believe?” Then he said “But 6 million dead?” I opined I would probably be more comfortable with 5, 978,612 since I’ve always been a bit leery of round numbers. Then I added “What difference does it make? 500,000, 2,000,000, 4,000,000, 6,000,000? It is not the numbers that are important, it is the fact. If you don’t like the numbers, make up your own, but you cannot reasonably deny the fact that it happened. In so many villages, towns, farms, cities, countries – there is just no room for denial.
Each of these books – novels, I admit – goes to the very heart of this and to read even one should be sufficient to erase any doubt.
And no, before you ask, I’m not Jewish. I would even admit that, from time to time I tire of reading about it. And yet I realize full well that the story must be told over and over lest we forget. I only regret there has been no such outcry and continuing reminders about Cambodia in the 1970’s.
Be careful; this book, and all the others mentioned, are worth reading. But don’t read them in a short time span. I have found myself becoming too complacent about the subject matter. Space them out so that the message continues to reverberate over years and not just months. And realize that you will never understand what Israel is all about and what it means in today’s world until you have done so.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas It was okay 8 de junio de 2013
Por ethel shields - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
was a bit disappointed in this book, it was a bit slow getting into the story, was okay, wouldn't rave about it though
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