By Angelo Maria Ripellino, Michael Henry Heim, David Newton Marinelli
This ebook makes an attempt to move past the vacationer cliche of Prague because the 'golden urban' to convey out all of the secret, ambiguity, gloom, lethargy and hidden fascination of the town at the Vltava. Ripellino slips into the fashion of melodrama and ghost tales as he writes of the time of Rudolf II, the alchemists, the Jewish region, the Golem, the pubs, the funereal malevolence of its structure, of Holan and Kafka, of Meyrink and the Czech Dadaists. With this dense solid of characters Ripellino brings out the sorcery of the Bohemian capital in a compelling mixture of truth and fiction. This enormous fresco of Prague existence presents even more than a literary and cultural historical past of the town; it truly is either a party and a requiem. 'The urban of the Vltava, capital of outdated Bohemia, is as a lot a frame of mind as a actual position. It used to be the centre of magic within the Renaissance, the very alembic of Europe, and nonetheless keeps its attractiveness for secret and rank intrigue ...This is a haunting, clotted, mad masterpiece. it's not a simple learn, however it is a profitable one. As I shut the e-book, the magic urban sinks again into its historic dreaming, and that i remember a stunning line from a poem through Jarolsav Seifert, quoted through Ripellino: "The shadow enters darkness and guy enters earth." ' John Banville, Observer
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