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The one exception is Gustav Meyrink’s catty attack on the Prague river, the Vltava or Moldauthat while it looked majestic, it is in fact “four millimetres deep and full of leeches”. I was just thinking of looking at it from another angle. This is ingratiating and unwise: Jul 27, Pam rated it did not like it. It’s one of the banvikle great magic capitals of the world along with Lyon and Turin. Aug 20, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: Banville has also written about the city in Prague Picturesa chronicle of his own experiences of the Czech capital interwoven with fragments of history, literature and folklore.

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Feb 11, astried added it Shelves: In general, however, it must be said, and I must say it, that the Czech cuisine is, well, no better than that of Bavaria, which statement is, as anyone who knows Bavaria well will confirm, a ringing denunciation.

To know enough – here, even more than usual, because what you are selling is facts – you have to know too much. At that time, Prague was still greatcoated in the Cold War. All rights reserved Review “As remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland, Joyce and Beckettt notwithstanding. He may have no idea who killed Kroll but he knows only too well the fate of those who displease the emperor.


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I look forward to seeing what they’ll bring out next. It’s a kind of nostalgia for a fake version of Prague or Budapest or Warsaw, which we in the Western capitals harbour. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you are looking for atmospheres, truths, suggestions, insights, even half-decent writing, you will surely be disappointed.

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I regret not taking that four years pargue getting drunk and falling in love. The author visited in winter and found that, despite the frigid greyness of Soviet-backed authority, the city of his imagining still could present itself glittering and intact. Open Preview See a Problem? Prague is the magic capital of Europe.

Since the days of Emperor Rudolf II, “devotee of the stars and cultivator of the spagyric art”, who in the late s summoned alchemists praguue magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradcany hill, it has been a place of mystery and intrigue.

There’s something slightly off about the place.

The title could be translated as…. I have always thought there was something cheating and self-protective about this as a “post-autobiographical” or “post-novel” bxnville Stern is promptly apprehended as a suspect and imprisoned. It is surely the most disgusting cuisine in the world.

But then I decided that it would be better to invent the details of these place. I had a couple of them in Japanese some years ago and my wife met a Japanese woman who said that she had read the books.


Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarattive sentence. But these are the easy ones. Spain, Czech Republic and Ireland are all home One of the more interesting bands performing around the Czech Republic this summer are Kon Sira, who play traditional songs of the….

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John Banville traces Prague’s often tragic history and portrays the people who made it: I was hoping to learn more about Prague, not slog through the author’s unending desire to use high numbers of large words and countless uninteresting historical facts to prove how much smarter he is than the rest of us.

My books have very dense language and very allusive, so they are very difficult to translate. One of the problems at my stage of life is that I travel so much and I meet so many people that you just can’t keep up.

Dunham described him during the writing process as being like “a murderer who’s just come back from a particularly bloody killing”. I’ve read all his novels, his single short story collection, the detective fiction published under the semi-pseudonym Benjamin Black and even the privately-printed children’s book The Ark which I copied out in long hand during a visit to the nation Library of Ireland last autumn—all of forty-six mostly illustrated pages. The book begins with the author’s first visit to Prague, during the cold war, but as we go deeper into the book, we also go deeper into the city’s.