Travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world in the company of its finest writers. Walk the mysterious nighttime streets of Prague with Franz Kafka and Jaroslav Hasek, eavesdrop on intimate conversations in restaurants and lively beer halls with Karel Capek and Bohumil Hrabal, listen to jazz in stylish nightclubs with Josef Skvorecky. The stories in this volume — many of which appear in English for the first time — will take you on a personal odyssey through the city’s stormy past to its dynamic present. For the traveler who wishes to experience something of its essence, Prague illuminates the heart and soul of a great city.

The perfect companion for the discriminating visitor to Prague.

Timothy Garton Ash

Find yourself enthralled with the collection of twenty-four stories editor Paul Wilson has artfully arranged to lead the reader-visitor through Prague on a tour that only literature could deliver with such vivid intimacy.

Review of Contemporary Fiction

A rewarding collection of short stories for the serious reader who does not want just to scratch the surface when traveling. . . . It adds a special dimension to a Prague trip.

International Travel News

  • Prologue
    • Daniela Hodrová, I See a Great City . . .
  • Petrin
    • Jirí Karásek ze Lvovic, Bells
  • Hradcany
    • Gustav Meyrink, The First Vision
  • Malá Strana
    • Jan Neruda, What Shall We Do with It?
    • Karel Pecka, The Little Bulldog
  • Kampa
    • Jindriska Smetanová, American Heating
  • Charles Bridge
    • Frantisek Langer, The Sword of St. Wenceslas
    • Jaroslav Hasek, A Psychiatric Mystery
  • The Old Jewish Quarter
    • Gustav Meyrink, The Golem
  • The Old Town
    • Alois Jirásek, The Legend of the Old Town Clock
    • Franz Kafka, Description of a Struggle
    • Gustav Meyrink, G M
    • Bohumil Hrabal, The Hotel Paríz
    • Egon Erwin Kisch, The Case of the Washerwoman
    • Bohumil Hrabal, The Magic Flute
    • Michal Ajvaz, The Past
  • Prague
    • Karel Capek, The Receipt
    • Jirí Weil, Mendelssohn Is on the Roof
    • Jirí Kovtun, A Prague Eclogue
    • Ota Pavel, A Race Through Prague
    • Ivan Divis, Invasion Day
    • Jáchym Topol, Visit to the Train Station
    • Josef Skvorecky, Tenor Sax Solo from Washington
  • Epilogue
    • Ivan Klíma, The Spirit of Prague
  • Michal Ajvaz
  • Karel Capek
  • Ivan Divis
  • Jaroslav Hasek
  • Daniela Hodrova
  • Bohumil Hrabal
  • Alois Jirasek
  • Franz Kafka
  • Jiri Karasek ze Lvovic
  • Egon Erwin Kisch
  • Ivan Klima
  • Jiri Kovtun
  • Frantisek Langer
  • Gustav Meyrink
  • Jan Neruda
  • Karel Pecka
  • Ota Pavel
  • Josef Skvorecky
  • Jindriska Smetanova
  • Jachym Topol
  • Jiri Weil

PRAGUE, edited by Paul Wilson, ISBN # 9781883513016

Excerpts to come.

Posted on 24 February 2010

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