Prague Pictures

Prague Pictures

Portraits of A City

Book - 2003
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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--now in a brand-new hardcover package.
     Since the late 1500s, when Emperor Rudolf II summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hrad#65533;any hill, Prague has been the magic capital of Europe, a place of mystery and intrigue. Nothing--not wars, revolutions, floods, Soviet communism, nor the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution--could destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava.
     John Banville traces Prague's history and portrays the people who made it: the princes, heroes, geniuses, and charlatans. He also paints a portrait of contemporary Prague, reveling in its newfound freedoms. From his first visit to the city in the depths of the Cold War through many subsequent visits, one of our greatest writers offers a deeply personal yet panoramic view of the city he came to love.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2003
ISBN: 9780747564089
Branch Call Number: 943.712 Ban
Characteristics: 244 p. : ill. --


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