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Czech Republic: Vienna to Prague

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Paul Wilson

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

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)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Eyewitness Guide Czech and Slovak Republics

Eyewitness Guide Czech and Slovak Republics

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated guide to the history, culture, people and nature of the Czech and Slovak Republics in the popular series, with dozens of excellent maps and color photographs. (CZH68, $28.00)

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

Czech and Slovak Republics Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2005
  • MAP

Showing the route of the Danube between Regensburg and Budapest, this regional map displays Budapest, Vienna and Prague. (CEU17, $12.95)

 
Prague Map

Prague Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

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

Vienna Map

Vienna Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A handy laminated map of the city center. (AST31, $9.95)

Cultural Guide to Prague

Cultural Guide to Prague


by Andrew Beattie

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A survey of the history, architecture, arts, religions and important sites of Prague presented in clear, informative text. (CZH111, $17.00)

Fodor's 25 Best Vienna

Fodor's 25 Best Vienna


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

This shirt-pocket guide, with an excellent map of the city, includes a choice selection of attractions, shops and restaurants, ideal for a short visit. (AST135, $13.99)

Frommer's Prague Day by Day

Frommer's Prague Day by Day


by Mark Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This handy, compact guide includes a separate fold-out map of the city center and detailed itineraries for experiencing the best of Prague. (CZH85, $13.95)

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)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia


by Mariusz Szczygiel

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

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)

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)

The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present


by Eric R. Kandel

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 636 PAGES

A neuroscientist documents the work of five leading minds, including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt, in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in cognitive science. (AST118, $40.00)

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, $49.95)

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics


by Paula Sutter Fichtner

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A concise chronicle of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain control over an array of cultures and ethnicities. (CEU51, $39.00)

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)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Conversations With Kafka

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)

Mozart, A Life

Mozart, A Life


by Paul Johnson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Challenging myths surrounding Mozart's health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer's lasting impact on the musical world with insight. (AST120, $16.00)

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)

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 Radetzky March

The Radetzky March


by Joseph Roth | Joachim Neugroschel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor. (AST17, $16.95)

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain. (AST30, $15.00)

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)

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Donald Daviau

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city. (AST94, $14.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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