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.
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 Czech and Slovak Republics
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: 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.
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.
Life with a Star
Author: Jiri Weil, Philip Roth (Introduction)
Description: A fictional account of the Holocaust told through the story of a young Czech Jew.
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.
Author: Jan Neruda, Michael Heim (Translator), Ivan Klima (Introduction)
Description: A collection of stories set in the Little Quarter of 19th-century Prague. Neruda has been referred to as the Charles Dickens of Czechoslovakia.
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, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Paul Wilson (Editor)
Description: This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.
The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History
Author: Derek Sayer
Description: 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.
The Complete Stories
Author: Franz Kafka
Description: All of Kafka's stories, including The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, and In The Penal Colony.
The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War
Author: Jaroslav Hasek, Cecil Parrott (Translator)
Description: The deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I, then captured by his own troops.
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 Wall, Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
Author: Peter Sis
Description: With his usual flair and attention to detail, illustrator Peter Sis deftly sketches the events, experiences and history of his youth in Prague.