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  • Title: Prague
  • Author: Derek Sayer
  • ISBN: 9780691043807
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Prague By Derek Sayer Setting out to recover the roots of modernity in the boulevards, interiors, and arcades of the city of light, Walter Benjamin dubbed Paris the capital of the nineteenth century In this eagerly anticipated sequel to his acclaimed Coasts of Bohemia A Czech History, Derek Sayer argues that Prague could well be seen as the capital of the much darker twentieth century.Setting out to recover the roots of modernity in the boulevards, interiors, and arcades of the city of light, Walter Benjamin dubbed Paris the capital of the nineteenth century In this eagerly anticipated sequel to his acclaimed Coasts of Bohemia A Czech History, Derek Sayer argues that Prague could well be seen as the capital of the much darker twentieth century Ranging across twentieth century Prague s astonishingly vibrant and always surprising human landscape, this richly illustrated cultural history describes how the city has experienced and suffered ways of being modern than perhaps any other metropolis Located at the crossroads of struggles between democratic, communist, and fascist visions of the modern world, twentieth century Prague witnessed revolutions and invasions, national liberation and ethnic cleansing, the Holocaust, show trials, and snuffed out dreams of socialism with a human face Yet between the wars, when Prague was the capital of Europe s most easterly parliamentary democracy, it was also a hotbed of artistic and architectural modernism, and a center of surrealism second only to Paris Focusing on these years, Sayer explores Prague s spectacular modern buildings, monuments, paintings, books, films, operas, exhibitions, and much A place where the utopian fantasies of the century repeatedly unraveled, Prague was tailor made for surrealist Andre Breton s black humor, and Sayer discusses the way the city produced unrivaled connoisseurs of grim comedy, from Franz Kafka and Jaroslav Hasek to Milan Kundera and Vaclav Havel A masterful and unforgettable account of a city where an idling flaneur could just as easily be a secret policeman, this book vividly shows why Prague can teach us so much about the twentieth century and what made us who we are.
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    Commentaires:

    behemothing
    A surrealist history of surrealism a unique approach in what can be conservative field as far as form is concerned that successfully challenges the marginalization of Czechoslovakian history and treatment in understanding Europe and the 20th century Describes twentieth century Prague as a place where an exhibition may turn into a show trial, the interior mutate into a prison cell, the arcade become a shooting gallery, and the idling fl neur reveal himself to be a secret policemen at the drop of [...]

    Lisalou
    Although I m giving this 4 stars, I m not sure I d actually recommend it to anyone It is a dense book that doesn t have a linear trajectory There s a lot about the French Surrealists I m not sure there s really enough about Prague I at least expected and hoped it would cover all of the 20th century But I read it at the right time for me so thus I really liked it Do not even bother to look through if you re even vaguely prudish As there s plenty of talk about sex as well as sexual images.

    Tony
    This very informative book covering surrealism is focused on the French and Czechoslovak groups of artists and the role Prague played in the movement The style is academic with over 100 pages of references but still quite readable The author is very familiar with Czech history, literature, architecture and art, and his book makes me want to visit and revisit many of the city spots and look anew at sites.

    Terry
    Very interesting, but a little disjointed It was sometimes not clear who and where he was talking about A list of characters would have helped, especially if you are not familiar with the Cezh names.

    Jen
    Did not complete It was interesting, when I actually picked it up and focused on it I was just reading it at a glacial pace and had to return it to the library.

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