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Night Falls on the City Paperback – June, 1975

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sarah Gainham was born in London in 1915. She moved to Germany in her early thirties, shortly after WWII, and then to Austria, where she remained for over fifty years. It is in central Europe that her early thrillers such as Cold Dark Night, The Stone Roses and Silent Hostage are played out. Night Falls on the City was first published to worldwide acclaim in 1967. She later wrote two further novels set in Vienna, A Place in the Country and Private Worlds. Gainham reported regularly on central European affairs for the Spectator, Encounter and the New Republic. She died in Austria in 1999 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (June 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380004429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380004423
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,736,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite of a trilogy written by Sarah Gainham concerning Austria under Hitler. It is also the first book in the trilogy. Entering the fictional but authentic world of Viennese theater people, we see the impact of the Anschluss on unexceptional citizens. A non-Jewish actress with a Jewish husband struggles to cope with all the pressures and threats surrounding her because of history and politics. The reader also learns much about the Austrian theater world. I would like to see the trilogy reprinted for a new generation of readers. Do you think we could get Oprah to consider it as a selection? P.S. I have no connection to author or publisher--just remember this book as one that really made an impact on me.
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I wholeheartedly agree with the only other reviewer so far and urge others to support this great novel. The actress hiding her husband from the Nazis in WWII Vienna is a memorable, dynamic character. The intense and oppressive attmosphere of an occupied city makes the whole book come alive. This is a novel to savor.
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I read this 30 years ago and liked the following two novels. This is the best of the trilogy with a phenominal story of a gentile actress trying to protect her Jewish husband during the Nazi era. Exceptional characters through to the Soviet army invasion and rape of Vienna - I reread it and passed it on to friends until I lost all three books and now want to add them to my retirement library. Highly recommended historical novel.
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This story is so well written. I was absorbed into the conversations; as if I was in the room with the interesting characters. The changes that take place in the lives of the characters and the desperate situations that arise are so expertly portrayed.
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The story of a woman who witnesses the Nazi invasion Vienna and how the people around her try to survive.
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