Prague in Black and Gold Scenes from the Life of a European City

Peter Demetz

Hill and Wang

0809016095

9780809016099

Trade Paperback

432 Pages

$28.00

CAD32.00

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Prague is at the core of everything both wonderful and terrible in Western history, but few people truly understand this city's unique culture. In Prague in Black and Gold, Peter Demetz strips away sentimentalities and distortions and shows how Czechs, Germans, Italians, and Jews have lived and worked together for over a thousand years.

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"Demetz focuses on the dark and disturbing aspects of the city's history, as well as on its golden glories . . . With great erudition and profound engagement, [he] has made it possible for us to come closer to understanding Prague."—Larry Wolff, The New York Times Book Review

"Demetz seems to reveal in the multifariousness of his native ground . . . [and] gives the flowering of that diversity its full due . . . A fluid chronicle."—Frederic Morton, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Prague in Black and Gold

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LIBUSSA, OR VERSIONS OF ORIGIN
What the Schoolchildren Learn
In February 1893, the Czech writer Alois Jirásek, patriot, industrious historian, and late ally of Walter...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Peter Demetz

  • Peter Demetz, Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Yale University, was born in Prague.

  • Peter Demetz Isolde Ohlbaum
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