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The Golden Maze: A biography of Prague

The Golden Maze: A biography of Prague (Hardback)

By Fidler, Richard

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Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague. In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Antho...ny All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanising historic, human, moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepit police state was being overthrown by crowds of ecstatic citizens. His experience of the Velvet Revolution never let go of him.Thirty years later Fidler returns to Prague to uncover the glorious and grotesque history of Europe's most instagrammed and uncanny city: a jumble of gothic towers, baroque palaces and zig-zag lanes that has survived plagues, pogroms, Nazi terror and Soviet tanks. Founded in the ninth Century, Prague gave the world the golem, the robot, and the world's biggest statue of Stalin, a behemoth that killed almost everyone who touched it.Fidler tells the story of the reclusive emperor who brought the world's most brilliant minds to Prague Castle to uncover the occult secrets of the universe. He explores the Black Palace, the wartime headquarters of the Nazi SS, and he meets victims of the communist secret police. Reaching back into Prague's mythic past, he finds the city's founder, the pagan priestess Libussa who prophesised: I see a city whose glory will touch the stars.Following the story of Prague from its origins in medieval darkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well - curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place. You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who is erudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have as your companion.PRAISE FOR GHOST EMPIRE:'Fidler displays great charm in the telling of his tale, spicing it with delicious gossip.' - New York Times Book Review'... thanks to the stylish cleverness of an exceptionally curious and talented man, we can feast on what strange magic the city brought-and still brings today-to the world beyond. I am speechless with admiration.' - Simon Winchester'Fidler's story leaves its readers with a sense of faith in the renewing, illuminating, social powers of historical narrative.' - Sydney Morning Herald
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ISBN 9780733335266
Published AU 2 Sep 2020
Publisher ABC Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780733335266
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher ABC Books
Imprint ABC Books
Published 2 Sep 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Fidler, Richard
Category European History
Australian
Number of Pages 592
Dimensions Width: 164mm
Height: 225mm
Spine: 48mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 796g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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