Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's Companion to Prague
Author: Jan Kaplan (Editor)
Description: 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.
Baroque and Rococo Art
Author: Germain Bazin
Description: An excellent illustrated survey of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, this volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series is a good companion to the golden age of Middle Europe.
Beyond the Chestnut Trees
Author: Maria Bauer
Description: Bauer interweaves recollections of her youth in Prague with an account of a return visit 40 years later in this affectionate, classic memoir.
Dvorak and His World
Author: Michael Beckerman
Description: A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.
Eyewitness Guide Prague
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: 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.
Frommer's Prague Day by Day
Author: Mark Baker
Description: This handy, compact guide includes a separate fold-out map of the city center and detailed itineraries for experiencing the best of Prague.
I Served the King of England
Author: Bohumil Hrabal
Description: A rollicking trip through the history of 20th century Czechoslovakia, Hrabal's comic masterpiece follows the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism,
Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990
Author: Vaclav Havel, Paul Wilson (Editor)
Description: 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.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.
Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City
Author: Peter Demetz
Description: Both a history and accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
Prague in Danger
Author: Peter Demetz
Description: Read this memoir for its prose and portrait of Prague during a pivotal time. Peter Demetz adroitly combines history, biography and memoir is this page-turning portrait of his beloved city during the War. Demetz (Prague in Black and Gold) vividly chronicles the lives of his young friends family, film, poetry, theater and music, terror and resistance from 1939-45, the six years Prague was under Nazi occupation.
Prague, A Cultural History
Author: Richard Burton
Description: A marvelous, intellectually stimulating portrait of Prague, and especially of its role as an inspiration for writers and artists, in the series Cities of the Imagination.
Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Paul Wilson (Editor)
Description: This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history history, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.
The Complete Stories
Author: Franz Kafka
Description: All of Kafka's stories, including The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, and In The Penal Colony.
The Czech Reader, History, Culture, Politics
Author: Jan Bazant (Editor)
Description: A fascinating survey of Czech history, culture and politics, part of the World Readers series, and composed of the writings and impressions of luminaries, leaders and ordinary Czechs. Among the highlights are Joan of Arc’s letter to the Hussites, the composer Antonin Dvorak’s letter from the New World and literary selections from Kafka, Kundera and Vaclav Havel.
The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
Author: Timothy Garton Ash
Description: 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.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Author: Milan Kundera
Description: 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.
Time's Magpie, A Walk in Prague
Author: Myla Goldberg
Description: A delightful walking tour of Prague by the bestselling author of "Bee Season."