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Magic Prague by Angelo Maria Ripellino
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: urban-studies
Read in April, 2004

Ripellino has tried, in this, to evoke a sense of living and being in Prague, one that is historically aware, atuned to the banality of that awareness and reflects (on) the affective experience of being in a place - in that sense, this is very much Ripellino's Prague. But it is one that I see, that I confront from time to tine when I come round a corner, when I see past the tourists thronging in the place their latest guidebook told them to see. It is not an easy read, mainly becasue it doesn't seem to have a recongisable narrative - but like many other books that try to evoke that magical sense of the everyday Ripellino successfully avoids the obscurantist diversions of many of the surrealists: I suspect it is a book for those who know Prague, and want to know it differently. Magic is the right term.

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