Synopses & Reviews
Prague is at the core of everything both wonderful and terrible in Western history, but few people truly understand this city's unique culture. In Prague in Black and Gold
, Peter Demetz strips away sentimentalities and distortions and shows how Czechs, Germans, Italians, and Jews have lived and worked together for over a thousand years.
"Demetz focuses on the dark and disturbing aspects of the city's history, as well as on its golden glories . . . With great erudition and profound engagement, [he] has made it possible for us to come closer to understanding Prague."—Larry Wolff, The New York Times Book Review
"Demetz seems to reveal in the multifariousness of his native ground . . . [and] gives the flowering of that diversity its full due . . . A fluid chronicle."—Frederic Morton, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Tourists think of Prague as a beautiful city of Old World charms -- but it is much more. Peter Demetz strips away sentimental distortions and shows now Czechs, Germans, Italians, and Jews have lived and worked together for a thousand years in the midst of the turmoil of Central Europe.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-395) and index.
About the Author
, Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Yale University, was born in Prague.