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A Traveller's Companion to Prague

Jan Kaplan

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A selection of letters, diaries, memoirs and anecdotes that vividly evokes the rich and varied history of Prague, 'The Golden City' in the heart of Europe

Beautiful, turbulent Prague has for centuries been an inspiration to artists and writers, inhabitants and visitors. This wide-ranging, varied and carefully chosen collection provides a richly layered view of beautiful, turbulent Prague as seen by the eyes of visitors to and residents of 'The Golden City' over the centuries.

Czech-born Jan Kaplan's selection from letters, diaries, memoirs and anecdotes brings to life both the city's exhilarating creative power and the many tragic events played out in its streets throughout history.

Eye-witness accounts of the sermons of Jan Hus, Czech forerunner of the German Reformation; the Prague Defenestrations, beginning in 1419; the premiere of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni in 1787; and the invasions and political upheavals of the 20th century are all included in this remarkable collection.

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