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In-depth cultural, historical and literary guide to the Czech capital where politics and the arts have always been intertwined....

Title : Prague: A Cultural and Literary History
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ISBN : 9781566564908
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 242 Pages
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Prague: A Cultural and Literary History Reviews

  • Katie
    2018-09-30 02:39

    First things first, to this press and the acquirer of this series: Fire your copyeditor and your QA person (if you actually have one--there's no evidence for their existence in this book). The text was distractingly error-ridden and this contributed to my overall star rating. Sure, I'm an editor and I'm attuned to it, but you should be striving to a higher level of perfection than this for a series. Come on.I did learn from this book. I feel that it deepened certain aspects of my visit to Prague. If you have time in the city to really explore it, I think this is a valuable addition to your explorations. But it is not, as other reviews have suggested, really a guidebook, because it doesn't do much in the way of guiding you around the city. Certainly its organization sets it up as an academic tome and not a companion as you make your way around Prague. So if the other book you brought is Frommer's--I wouldn't buy this. If you really care about getting deeper into the Prague psyche and don't mind the occasional reach for a theory digression common to professors, pick this up.

  • Joeji
    2018-10-07 00:51

    The lens of how this book is looking at Prague history and culture is wonderful--what other book on a city would outline themes such as defenestration, automaton, and martyrdom when describing the history and sites of a city? It is a great read of Prague through its art and literature as well. However, I am a bit perplexed by the sudden pessimism in the last chapter, as if Prague, once it is no longer a perpetually oppressed nation, somehow loses its identity. Still, wonderful read.

  • Malcolm
    2018-10-06 01:53

    The low rating is, I admit, only because I read this not long after Angelo Maria Ripellno's Magic Prague, which Burton admits is a major source for him. In effect, thjis is the tourist guidebook version of Ripellino, and modified by Burton's sense of the city. It is part of an excellent set of unconventional tourist gudiebooks (but is so much more than that) from Signal Press - Cities of the Imagination. Much more accessible than Ripellino, more likely to be a local book shop,and probably worth more than an 'it was OK' rating, so sqeaked into the 'liked it' category.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-05 03:56

    A solid review of some of the key cultural aspects of Prague -- and I like this idea of exploring a city's history through culture and literature. It's very listy, I think I would have liked more lists in the back of the book of where to look for more information, and a deeper exploration of fewer artists/writers/musicians in the chapters themselves. I'm also curious as to the actual centrality of defenestration and martyrdom and jumping off of bridges to the city and its culture, but I quite enjoyed that thought. But this was a good general introduction to the city and its cultural history.

  • Mark
    2018-10-12 06:39

    Very good critical guide to the significance and semiotics of "magic Prague"--its architecture, art, literature, theatre, monuments, history. Highly recommended!

  • Donald Schopflocher
    2018-09-30 05:37

    Good read for the traveller who wants more historical and cultural context than provided by standard travel guides. More academic (complete with names and titles), and hence drier, than other books in this series, though not without interesting critical analyses. You will need another guidebook, though.

  • Saijun
    2018-10-06 00:59

    Great book, but the small font and not so well illustrations make it hard to read.

  • Rob
    2018-10-18 02:50

    Read just before a recent trip to the city and one that restored my confidence in the Czech capital's wonderfulness after stag do hell had threatened to spoil its reputation a few years back. This is very much a literary and artistic overview and perhaps lighter than it could have been on social aspects although the political backcloth is very good - especially as far as the Austrian Empire days are concerned. Lots about golems too.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-22 03:48

    I thought this was a wonderful summary of many of the cultural developments and changes that Prague has been through. It deepened my knowledge of things I was familiar with and introduced me to new composers and artists that I am excited to look up. A perfect overview for anyone interested in the rich cultural history of Prague.

  • Rita
    2018-09-21 23:42

    Work to read anda bit dated, but a great book for an introduction to the city of Prague and the history of the Czech Republic through its cultural accomplishements

  • Carolyn Adams
    2018-10-06 23:56

    Good background for our trip to Prague, but quite dense.

  • Larry
    2018-10-05 04:34

    Fascinating study of the history of art, music, religion,and architecture in this city. This read helped me excitedly prepare for my trip.