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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[T]his collection of personal recollections is richly laced with the history of Europe's most haunting, melancholy city....[H]ighly recommended for all travel and writing collections." Library Journal

Review:

"Ireland's finest contemporary novelist." The Economist

Review:

"Mr. Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarative sentence." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"What is unusual — defiantly and therefore perhaps gloriously so — about Banville is the prose: poetic, sensuous, revelatory." New York Review of Books

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of twelve novels, including The Book of Evidence, which was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize, and Kepler, which won the Guardian Prize for Fiction. He is literary editor of the Irish Times and lives in Dublin with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582343822
Subtitle:
A Portrait of the City
Author:
Banville, John
Author:
Black, Benjamin
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Czechoslovakia
Subject:
Prague
Subject:
Banville, John
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Czech Republic & Slovakia
Subject:
Prague (czech republic)
Subject:
Banville, John - Travel - Czech Republic -
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Subject:
Travel-Eastern Europe
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Writer and the City
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
March 1, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7.3 x 4.56 x 0.845 in

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"Review" by , "[T]his collection of personal recollections is richly laced with the history of Europe's most haunting, melancholy city....[H]ighly recommended for all travel and writing collections."
"Review" by , "Ireland's finest contemporary novelist."
"Review" by , "Mr. Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarative sentence."
"Review" by , "What is unusual — defiantly and therefore perhaps gloriously so — about Banville is the prose: poetic, sensuous, revelatory."
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