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Prague
Author: Andrew Beattie

ISBN: 9781908493637
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 7 June 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3 x 1.8
Description:
Since its foundation in the ninth century Prague has punched way above its weight to become a fulcrum of European culture. The city s most illustrious figures in the fields of music, literature and film are well known: Mozart staged the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni here; in the early twentieth century Franz Kafka was at the forefront of the city's intellectual life, while later writers such as Milan Kundera and film directors such as Milos Forman chronicled Prague's fortunes under communism. Yet the city has a cultural heritage that runs far deeper than Kafka museums and Mozart-by-candlelight concerts. It encompasses the avant-garde punk group Plastic People of the Universe, the 'new wave' film directors of the 1960s who made their striking movies in the city's famed Barrandov studios, and artists such as Alfons Mucha and Frantisek Kupka whose revolutionary canvases fomented Art Nouveau and abstract art at the dawn of the twentieth century. Beyond art galleries, concert halls and cinemas the history of Prague has been one of invasion and sometimes brutal oppression. The great German chancellor Otto von Bismarck once commented that 'whoever controls Prague, controls mid-Europe' and a ...

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