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Prague: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 2003

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Located at the very center of Europe, Prague has been on the frontline of international political, intellectual, religious and cultural conflicts for more than six centuries. Invaded and occupied by the Habsburgs, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Nazis, and then Communist Russia, the city's identity is shaped by a long experience of foreign domination and a strong sense of martyrdom. A treasure house of Gothic, baroque and modernist architecture, Prague is also a city of icons and symbols: statues, saints and signs reveal a turbulent history of religious and cultural conflict. As Kafka's nightmare city and home of the Good Soldier evejk, the Czech capital also produced two of the twentieth century's emblematic writers. Richard Burton explores this metropolis of theatrical allusion, in which politics and drama have always been intertwined. His interpretation of the city's cultural past and present encompasses opera and rock music, puppetry and cinema, surrealism and socialist realism. Looking at Prague's world-famous landmarks and lesser-known sites, his reading of the city through its writing and iconography is both perceptive and challenging.

* THE CITY OF ARTISTS AND WRITERS: The Castle and Kafka, Ha'ek and Kundera; music from Smetana to the Plastic People of the Universe; modernism and cubism; political theater and the playwright-president Vaclav Havel. * THE CITY OF TYRANNY AND RESISTANCE: Jan Hus and anti-Catholic revolt; subjugation and the rise of Czech nationalism; Germans, Czechs and Jews; "Prague Spring" 1968, Charter 77 and the "Velvet Revolution" of November 1989. * THE CITY OF MAGIC, MURDER AND MYTH: Medieval alchemy and astrology; the myth of the Golem, the ghetto and anti-Semitism; living puppets, robots, and a tradition of defenestration. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Richard Burton was formerly Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Sussex University. He first visited Prague in 1970, and has recently relocated to France. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Excellent book for the first-time visitor or resident or anyone between. 9. Mai 2008
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Excellent, well-written book about one of the great cities of the world. Orderly, logical structure for the first-time visitor as well as for those who visit Prague often or live there. Not only a good writer but an accurate, non-revisionist historian. A pleasure to read and to share with others.
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More than a travel guide 13. März 2011
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This unusual book covers Prague from a geographical perspective but does so much more through the addition of literature, politics, architecture, music, and the arts. I was amazed by the depth of this book and planned on contacting the author to express my appreciation. Unfortunately, he has passed on to my great disappointment.
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Simply the best 9. Oktober 2013
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To experience Prague fully, and to understand the human significance of the complex and layered beauty so evident in Prague, there may be no better guide for the English speaker. While living in Prague, I was amazed by how thoroughly this author informed and heightened my experience of the city, its art, its history through the centuries, and its inhabitants. Well-researched without being academic or pretentiously intellectual. Although I read it in its entirety and found it consistently well-written and absorbing, I could imagine using it more informally on a short visit to the city. The index is very complete and can be used to look up monuments, neighborhoods, artists, cultural movements, and historical figures for a far more enriched perspective than that of an EyeWitness-tyoe guide or an internet search engine.
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Delivers what it promises, and more... 7. Januar 2014
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My wife and I will be spending 10 days in Prague in April. When I travel I like to read historical and cultural literature about the location before I arrive. It gives me more information than guide books can provide improving the experince. In preparation, based on the reviews above, I read this book. The reviews are understated. This book deserves six stars! It is about the best book I have read about any city I have travelled to. I've gained an insight in to the places and peoples of Prague that will enrich our trip.
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A really compete book 29. Oktober 2013
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We bought this book because we were going to Prague. But this book exceeded our expectations because it is not only that it explains Prague, it makes you understand it. It teaches you how people thought at some points in history, and even helps you understand their literature and art . Love it
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