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Prague: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world in the company of its finest writers. Walk the mysterious nighttime streets of Prague with Franz Kafka and Jaroslav Hasek, eavesdrop on intimate conversations in restaurants and lively beer halls with Karel Capek and Bohumil Hrabal, listen to jazz in stylish nightclubs with Josef Skvorecky. The stories in this volume ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Whereabouts Press (first published February 1st 1994)
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William Kirkland
May 24, 2014 William Kirkland rated it really liked it
Prague, as every traveler will tell you, is a wonderful town, full of surprises and visual delights. It is full of improbable and heart catching characters as well, as many Czech writers can introduce you to. Prague: A Traveller’s Literary Companion from Whereabouts Press provides a superb selection. In short readings you can go with Franz Kafka in late night companionship to the Charles Bridge in “Description of a Struggle, or watch on as Bohumil Hrabal‘s “ugly little man” finds himself as a be ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Jsarno49 rated it really liked it
This is a comprehensive anthology of short stories which are organized according to sections of the city. My favorite retells folklore about The Charles Bridge, one of Prague's most famous landmarks. According to legend, "when things are at their worst in Bohemia", St. Wenceslas will come, ride over the bridge, and, using a famous sword that is hidden there, will defeat their enemies. In this story by Frantisek Langer, on Christmas Eve in 1939 the children of Prague find the mystical sword and d ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Joe rated it liked it
A collection of short stories by Czech authors past and present and grouped according to various districts of the city. Some good ones, but nothing really outstanding. However, they do evoke a sense of place and sometimes history, which is really the whole point. Good to read during and/or after a visit.
Dec 23, 2014 Chloe rated it it was ok
A friend studying in Prague for the year very kindly lent me her copy of this book for my week-long stay in Prague, and I'm glad I read it here, because I wouldn't have enjoyed it in any other city. I think it takes a particular person to enjoy these stories. If you look Kafka and weird stuff like that, I say you should go for it. Otherwise, most of it will probably go over your head.
Paul Servini
Oct 18, 2014 Paul Servini rated it liked it
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A collection of stories all based in the city of Prague. It was thrilling to read the stories while, or just after, actually walking streets being described in them. The ideal travel companion. The stories themselves are a mixed bunch with some more interesting than others.
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“Prague is far more than the sum of its physical parts or its history. It is a city of the mind and the imagination, a city that exists as vividly in poetry and painting and music and legend as it does in brick and stone... Just as the physical city of Prague would be unimaginable without its unique topography, without its palaces, its churches, its parks, its streets, and its hostelries, so the Prague of the mind would be unimaginable without its storytellers and the tales they weave.” 0 likes
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