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Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

by Peter Demetz

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city. (CZH09, $28.00)

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Paul Wilson

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life. (CZH08, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Prague

Eyewitness Guide Prague

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the celebrated city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (CZH01, $25.00)

Prague Map

Prague Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000. (CZH13, $8.95)

 
Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (CZH50, $8.99)

National Geographic Prague and The Czech Republic

National Geographic Prague and The Czech Republic


by Stephen Brook

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A guide to the area's artistic, historical and cultural landmarks, complete with maps and color photos. (CZH55, $26.95)

Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986. (EUR58, $17.00)

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe


by Simon Winder

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES

Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue. (CEU46, $30.00)

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechosovakia

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechosovakia


by Mariusz Szczygiel

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

A cultural history told through a collection of stories about human survival during Czechoslovakia's 80-year existence. Szcygiel focuses on artists, writers and performers who responded with craftiness when confronted with the absurdity and pressures of their eras. (CZH104, $25.95)

Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990

Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990


by Vaclav Havel | Paul Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

This inspired anthology of writings by the Czech poet-president Vaclav Havel collects 25 essays, letters and speeches written between 1965 and 1990, including those that directly influenced the Polish Solidarity movement. (CZH06, $15.95)

The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History

The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History


by Derek Sayer

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

A sensitively written and lively portrait of the highs and lows of Czech history over the past century with special attention to the fate of Prague in war and peace. (CZH10, $42.00)

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague


by Timothy Garton Ash

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 167 PAGES

With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change. (GER36, $15.00)

Dvorak and His World

Dvorak and His World


by Michael Beckerman

  • MUSIC
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him. (CZH23, $32.95)

Beyond the Chestnut Trees

Beyond the Chestnut Trees


by Maria Bauer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Bauer interweaves recollections of her youth in Prague with an account of a return visit 40 years later in this affectionate, classic memoir. (CZH53, $24.95)

Conversations With Kafka


by Gustav Janouch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

The young poet sketches his friend Kafka and his world in this revelatory brief portrait, now with an appreciative preface by Francine Prose. (CZH103, $14.95)

Summer Meditations

Summer Meditations


by Vaclav Havel | Paul Wilson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

The first leader of the post-Soviet Czech Republic waxes philosophical. (CZH33, $14.95)

The Wall, Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

The Wall, Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain


by Peter Sis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 56 PAGES
  • FAMILY

With his usual flair and attention to detail, illustrator Peter Sis deftly sketches the events, experiences and history of his youth in Prague. (CZH78, $18.99)

A Traveller's Companion to Prague

A Traveller's Companion to Prague


by Jan Kaplan

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

A portrait of the city, its neighborhoods, architecture, society and culture as seen through the eyes of writers over the centuries, including Petrarch, Hans Christian Anderson, Graham Greene and Patrick Leigh Fermor. (CZH65, $16.95)

Life with a Star

Life with a Star


by Jiri Weil | Philip Roth

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A fictional account of the Holocaust told through the story of a young Czech Jew. (CZH43, $19.00)

Prague Tales

Prague Tales


by Jan Neruda | Michael Heim | Ivan Klima

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

A collection of stories set in the Little Quarter of 19th-century Prague. Neruda has been referred to as the Charles Dickens of Czechoslovakia. (CZH28, $17.95)

The Complete Stories

The Complete Stories


by Franz Kafka

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 486 PAGES

All of Kafka's stories, including The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist and In The Penal Colony. (CZH47, $17.00)

The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War

The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War


by Jaroslav Hasek | Cecil Parrott

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

The deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I, then captured by his own troops. (CZH11, $16.00)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Kundera's intriguing novel, praised for its meditations on the nature of men and women, and on the fearful emptiness of life in Prague under Communist rule. We also carry Kundera's collection of short stories The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. (CZH16, $15.99)

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