Prague Pictures

Prague Pictures

Portraits of A City

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a panoramic study of the city of Prague, describing its rich and varied history from the medieval period to the present day, the colorful people who shaped it, and its new place amid the changing world of post-Cold War Europe.

McMillan Palgrave

The fourth book in Bloomsbury's Writer and the City series.

From one of the foremost chroniclers of the modern European experience, a panoramic view of a city that has seduced and bewitched visitors for centuries.


The fourth book in Bloomsbury's Writer and the City series.

From one of the foremost chroniclers of the modern European experience, a panoramic view of a city that has seduced and bewitched visitors for centuries.

Prague is the magic capital of Europe. Since the days of Emperor Rudolf II, "devotee of the stars and cultivator of the spagyric art", who in the late 1500s summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradcany hill, it has been a place of mystery and intrigue. Wars, revolutions, floods, the imposition of Soviet communism, and even the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 could not destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava. John Banville traces Prague's often tragic history and portrays the people who made it: the emperors and princes, geniuses and charlatans, heroes and scoundrels. He also paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet another totalitarian takeover. He writes of his first visit to the city, in the depths of the Cold War, and of subsequent trips there, of the people he met, the friends he made, the places he came to know.



Holtzbrinck
The fourth book in Bloomsbury's Writer and the City series.

From one of the foremost chroniclers of the modern European experience, a panoramic view of a city that has seduced and bewitched visitors for centuries.


Blackwell North Amer
John Banville traces Prague's often tragic history and portrays the people who made it, the emperors and princes, geniuses and charlatans, heroes and scoundrels, and paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet another totalitarian takeover. He writes of his first visit to the city, in the depths of the Cold War, when he engaged in a spot of art smuggling, and of subsequent trips there, of the people he met, and friends he made, the places he came to know.

Baker
& Taylor

The critically acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Kepler offers a panoramic study of the beautiful city of Prague, describing its rich and varied history from the medieval period to the present day, the colorful people who shaped it, and its new place amid the changing world of post-Cold War Europe. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2004
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781582343822
1582343829
Branch Call Number: 914.3712 BANVI
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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