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Budapest: A Cultural History

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The views of Budapest by the River Danube are unparalleled in Europe. On one side the Buda Hills reach almost to the riverside, with Castle Hill and Gellert Hill offering outstanding panoramas. Pest, linked to Buda by a series of imposing bridges, with its mixture of late nineteenth-century Historicist and early twentieth-century Art Nouveau architecture, is still very muc ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 2006)
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Kalliope
This is a fantastic first book to read if preparing a visit to Budapest. It is a mix between a guidebook and an introduction to the history and literary traditions of Hungary. From this book one can proceed on the one hand onto a proper guidebook for further practicalities of the places one has decided to visit. And on the other to more complete historical accounts and literary works.

It has chapters on its Baths, its Food, its Music (classical and folk), its Cafés, but also on its Topography, He
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Jenna
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Along with Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Cultureand Once And Future Budapest, this is one of the best cultural histories of Budapest I have read recently. Reading all three together was a very useful experience and each supplemented the other. If you could only read one, though, this might be the best choice--it covers the most ground in and is perhaps the most accessibly written of the three. Excellent biibliography leads to further resources.
Linda
A borrowed book; only made it around 1/3 the way through before I had to return it. will have to pick up my own copy, as what I read was really quite good and very informative.
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