Prague Pictures: Portraits Of A City by John BanvillePrague Pictures: Portraits Of A City by John Banville

Prague Pictures: Portraits Of A City

byJohn Banville

Hardcover | October 13, 2015

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From one of the foremost chroniclers of the modern European experience, a panoramic view of a city that has seduced and bewitched visitors for centuries—now in a brand-new hardcover package.
     Since the late 1500s, when Emperor Rudolf II summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradèany hill, Prague has been the magic capital of Europe, a place of mystery and intrigue. Nothing—not wars, revolutions, floods, Soviet communism, nor the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution—could destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava.
     John Banville traces Prague's history and portrays the people who made it: the princes, heroes, geniuses, and charlatans. He also paints a portrait of contemporary Prague, reveling in its newfound freedoms. From his first visit to the city in the depths of the Cold War through many subsequent visits, one of our greatest writers offers a deeply personal yet panoramic view of the city he came to love.
JOHN BANVILLE was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of twenty-fivenovels, some of them under the pen name Benjamin Black, and his acclaimed works include The Book of Evidence, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and The Sea, which won the prize in 2005. He has also been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, among others. B...
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Title:Prague Pictures: Portraits Of A CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.02 × 5.18 × 0.87 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:163286374X

ISBN - 13:9781632863744

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"Ireland's finest contemporary novelist." -The Economist"Mr. Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarative sentence." -The Wall Street Journal"As remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland, Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding." -The San Francisco Chronicle"When he was younger, Banville notes, he believed that really to get under the skin of a city one had to fall in love there. Prague, promiscuous and secretive, appears to have offered him another possibility. To understand a little more of himself, he first had to fall in love with a city." -The Guardian"Each anecdote, each site, each person recollected in memory is wonderfully evocative of the place. This is a beautiful book, lovely to hold and admire." -Washington Times