Romantic Education by Patricia HamplRomantic Education by Patricia Hampl

Romantic Education

byPatricia Hampl

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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Golden Prague seemed mostly gray when Patricia Hampl first went there in quest of her Czech heritage. In that bleak time, no one could have predicted the political upheaval awaiting Communist Europe and the city of Kafka and Rilke. Hampl's subsequent memoir, a brilliant evocation of Czech life under socialism, attained the stature of living history, and added to our understanding not only of Central Europe but also of what it means to be engaged in the struggle of a people to define and affirm themselves. Reissued now, during the tenth anniversary of that astonishing upheaval known as the Velvet Revolution, A Romantic Education includes an extensive updated afterword based on Hampl's annual return trips to Prague and the Czech countryside. Here is an excellent introduction to what was once the unknown "other Europe" behind the Iron Curtain and is now the continent's hottest new travel destination. Once again, as she did in a darker time, Hampl sees the texture beneath the surface of things and intuits the changing life of one of Europe's most bewitching cities. A Romantic Education is an exquisite journey into history and into the conundrum of personal memory
Patricia Hampl, Regents' Professor at the University of Minnesota, lives in St. Paul.
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Title:Romantic EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393319059

ISBN - 13:9780393319057

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Specially reissued to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the dramatic political period called the "Velvet Revolution", Patricia Hampl’s stunning memoir chronicles her time spent in the Czech Republic. A Romantic Education is a beautifully written book, revealing an up-close-and-personal view of what went on behind the iron curtain during this epochal era.