Fine condition.Sceptre,2005.First Sceptre paperback edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Large format paperback(small nick and crease on the edges of the cover) in fine condition.The book is new with a small ink mark on the outer edges of the pages,a couple of creases on the edges of the pages.374pp including Glossary,people, organisations and companies,names of buildings and places.First edition. This is another paragraph Product Description: Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro -- self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week. With his background in journalism, Berendt is perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people, and persuade them to talk frankly to him. The result is mischievous, witty, compelling - and destined to be the non-fiction succes d'estime of the year.