Czech Republic Reads
Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Architecture of New Prague 1895-1945View on Amazon This seminal work focuses on the architecture of Prague from the turn of the century to the end of the Second World War, profiling the architects, structures and theoretical underpinnings that helped to shape the city's cultural heritage and present-day artistic spirit. By Rostislav Svacha; translated by Alexandra Buchler.
- Franz Kafka: The Complete StoriesView on Amazon This compilation brings together all of the stories written by the Prague-born writer known for his surreal constructs and multi-layered symbolism. By Franz Kafka; edited by Nahum N Glatzer.
- Havel: A LifeView on Amazon Havel’s former press secretary and longtime friend presents a revelatory portrait of the country's dissident-turned-president and the turbulent times through which he prevailed. By Michael Zantovsky.
- Necessary ErrorsView on Amazon Set in Prague one year after the 1989 Velvet Revolution, the novel follows a young writer seeking meaning, self discovery and adventure in the changing city. By Caleb Crain.
- Prague Fatale: A Bernie Gunther NovelView on Amazon The novel follows Nazi-era Berlin detective Bernie Gunther as he seeks out an assassin at a country estate outside of Prague. By Philip Kerr.
- Prague in Black and GoldView on Amazon Prague is at the core of everything both wonderful and terrible in Western history. The author provides a rich history, balanced in political and cultural storylines. By Peter Demetz
- Prague TalesView on Amazon The quintessential Czech realist's intimate, wry, bitter-sweet stories of life among the inhabitants of Mala Strana, the Little Quarter of 19th century Prague. By Jan Neruda; translated by Michael Henry Heim.
- Prague: A Traveler’s Literary CompanionView on Amazon A collection of 23 evocative stories by the Czech Republic's most well-regarded writers takes you on a personal odyssey through the city's stormy past to its dynamic present. Edited by Paul Wilson.
- The Czech ReaderView on Amazon A scholarly collection of 150 primary texts and illustrations that convey the dramatic history of the Czechs. Edited by Jan Bazant, Nina Bazantová and Frances Starn.
- The Unbearable Lightness of BeingView on Amazon Probing into the nature of actions and consequences in Communist Prague, the author tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. By Milan Kundera.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Exit Havel”View on NewYorker.com The departure of Czech president Václav Havel. By David Remnick.
- “Havel’s Specter: On Václav Havel”View on TheNation.com The Czech playwright's enduring ideas about politics, truth and human nature. By Caleb Crain.
- “Kafka’s Last Trial”View on NYTimes.com Deciding the fate of Kafka's writings, which he himself had wished burned unread. By Elif Batuman.
- “My Hidden Prague”View on NYTimes.com After living in the city for 12 years, discovering the secret corners that guidebooks can miss. By Evin Rail.
- “Pilsner Urquell: History and Brewing Methods”View on MoreBeer.com It sometimes happens that history and fortune intersect at precisely the right time and place. Pilsner Urquell emerged from a small Bohemian village in the 19th century to become what is now the world's most imitated original. By Peter A Ensminger.
- “What Kind of Funny is He?”View on the London Review of Books website I have come to the conclusion that anyone who thinks about Kafka for long enough inevitably develops a few singular, unassimilable and slightly silly convictions. By Rivka Galchen.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Czech BreweriesVisit EuropeanBeerGuide.net A comprehensive review of the styles, history and breweries.
- Prague’s 10 Best Contemporary Art GalleriesVisit TheCultureTrip.com A well-organized review of the city's best museums and galleries.
- World Bank | Czech RepublicVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
Just for Kids
- GolemView on Amazon A Caldecott Medal winner, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. By David Wisniewski.
- The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron CurtainView on Amazon Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, the author reveals his childhood in Cold War Prague. By Peter Sis.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Czech TourismFollow @CzechTourism Information and travel tips on the Czech Republic.
- Twitter: Jacy MeyerFollow @Jacy_Meyer Journalist tweeting randomly about Prague, culture/design & caffeine.
- Twitter: Prague Fashion SceneFollow @stylewanderlust Fashion Journalist and Wholesale Rep for Czech designers (UK, US and Europe).
- Twitter: PraguePig.comFollow @PraguePig Czech tabloid culture in English: Murder! Mayhem! Models!
- Twitter: The Prague PostFollow @praguepost The Voice of Prague since 1991 - featuring current affairs, business, sports, and financial news, plus cultural reviews and opinion.
- Twitter: WSJ Emerging EuropeFollow @EmergingEurope WSJ and Dow Jones reporters provide the inside track on economics, politics and business in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Turkey.