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Magic Prague

Author: Angelo Maria Ripellino; Michael Henry Heim
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Angelo Maria Ripellino goes beyond the tourist cliche of Prague as the "golden city" to bring out all the mystery, ambiguity, madness, turbidity, and hidden fascination of the city on the Vltava. He uses melodrama and ghost stories, the anecdotes of the enchanted traveler, and raunchy barroom tales to evoke the sorcery of the Bohemian capital in a wonderful mixture of fact and fiction. The point of departure for  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angelo Maria Ripellino; Michael Henry Heim
ISBN: 0520073525 9780520073524 0333569040 9780333569047
OCLC Number: 25788403
Description: vii, 333 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Praga Magica.
Responsibility: Angelo Maria Ripellino ; translated by David Newton Marinelli ; edited by Michael Heim.
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In an attempt to go beyond the tourist cliche of Prague, the author writes of the alchemists, the Jewish Quarter, the Golem and other items of fact and fiction. The author aims to bring out all the  Read more...

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