To Spite Simplex

or the Runagate Courage

A woman’s life in wartime. A young Bohemian girl, dressed as a boy, gets caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War, loses her...

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The Beggar of the Pont des Arts

Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827) had only just turned twenty-five when he wrote The Beggar of the Pont des Arts, a subtle and sensitive story that...

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Legends of the Saints

“Here is a praiseworthy and useful book, simple yet difficult, light yet dark: the lives, passions and sorrows of the saints, known as the...

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Fantastic Tales

American storyteller Edgar A. Poe’s (1809 Boston - 1849 Baltimore) detective stories have such impact and intensity that even George Orwell...

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Folktales of Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus lived between approximately 1480 and 1539; to this day he remains the embodiment of humanity in striving for knowledge and...

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The Path to the Last Garden

Born in Northern Bohemia, the German-Jewish author Dan Weinstein (born 1925) set his futuristic novel in a ruinous post-apocalyptic world....

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Prague Cafés

Exploring the coffee houses of Prague is a rewarding pastime. From the kavárna of old Prague to the jazz café of the music-loving Czechs n...

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Julius Silver

Prague

The Golden City

Prague is known as the Rome of the north, Kafka’s city, the city of a hundred spires. This illustrated volume, with excellent photography...

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Prague

Ein Reiseführer

informative: This compact and detailed guide is packed with interesting and precise descriptions of all the important buildings and...

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The Prague Golem

Jüdische Sagen aus dem Ghetto

Prague has been one of the most significant cities in European Judaism for many centuries. Alongside notable buildings such as the Old-New...

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The Best Czech Recipes

Just as in the days of the Emperor, people flock to the Czech Republic today to savour tasty local specialities, ranging from the fine...

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Czech Fairytales

Just like other European nations, the Czechs have a treasure trove of fairytales that has been lovingly handed down over the centuries. Some...

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Austrian Fairytales

Collected from Old Sources

‘Stick on!’ cries the dashing young man who wants to court the Princess, and soon everyone is stuck to his little magic wagon: the sooty...

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The Metamorphosis

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect. He lay on his...

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Letter to Father

The Letter to Father (1919) was never sent but is considered the key to Franz Kafka’s (1883-1924) literary work. This impressive testimony...

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A Country Doctor

At the Prague Castle, in the Golden Lane, Franz Kafka (1883-1924) wrote these short stories, which were published in his lifetime under the...

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The Trial

“Somebody must have defamed Josef K., for without having done anything wrong, he was arrested one morning. His landlady’s cook, who always...

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The Castle

“The words that can be said about this book are merely tentative asides. A person must glean for himself line by line how the ominous...

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Lost in America

“The story that I’m writing, which, I must say, is laid out into the endless … is called The Missing One (Der Verschollene) and takes place...

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Elisabeth

Empress of Austria

Austria in 1854: The young Bavarian Duchess Elisabeth takes the hand of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph in marriage in the festively...

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Klimt

An Illustrated Life

He is the Jugendstil master, the founder of the Vienna Secession; his paintings – which sell for record prices – and his lifestyle are the...

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Mozart

An Illustrated Life

On a cold January night in 1756, a child is born in Salzburg’s Getreidegasse: his name is to become known across the world: Wolfgang Amadeus...

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Julius Silver

Vienna

City of Dreams on the Danube

An introduction to Vienna: an encounter with the medieval city, the residence of the Habsburg dynasty and one of Europe’s most important...

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Juliana Weitlaner

Franz Joseph I

An illustrated life of an Emperor

Franz Joseph defined his era and exemplified the old Austria. Installed on the throne as a young prince in 1848, he governed the Imperial...

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Letters to a Young Poet

At the beginning of 1903, a pupil at the military academy in Wiener-Neustadt, Franz Xaver Kappus, sends a few poems to Rainer Maria Rilke,...

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Meditation

Kafka’s little meditations form something previously unknown in German literature; I know no model.

Hans Kohn in Selbstwehr (Dec. 20, 1912)

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A Great Artist One Day

Franz Kafka als bildender Künstler

When we speak of the work of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), we instinctively think of his literary work. It is less well known that Kafka also...

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A Musician’s Blood

In his memoir A Musician’s Blood (Musikantenblut) the apprentice locksmith and later court musician Wenzel Abert (1842-1915) describes his...

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Stories from a Blind Life

The stories by blind author Oskar Baum (1883-1942) collected here offer the reader a unique take on the early 20th century: Baum’s...

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Heading South with Kafka

This opulently illustrated book was the first to bring together accounts of all Kafka’s trips to Switzerland and Italy, on which his main...

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The Poor Fiddler

The 1848 musical novella The Poor Fiddler transports the reader to 19th-century Vienna. The Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872)...

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Capable Officers and Upright Men

A historical, pictorial journey through the Imperial and Royal military training schools and institutions

“Give me upright men and capable officers” demanded Empress Maria Theresa of the commander in charge of the first “military hothouse” at its...

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BergersDorf

Born in 1944 near Pirmasens, the author based this documentary novel dealing with the entrapment, entanglement and eviction of an entire...

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To Leave the World in Spring

August 1944. Young Czech forced labourers are fleeing Vienna to set up a resistance group in Moravia. 21-year-old Božena works in a...

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We Live Far From Here, Far From Here

Diether Krywalski is an author and editor of literary studies and guides, and a contributor to the Lexikon der Weltliteratur. In recent...

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Prager Rhapsodie

Stroke by stroke, character by character, Paul Leppin’s prose sketches capture the image of Prague . Paul Leppin chats pensively about the...

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Leopold Masur

Legends from Brno

This elegant edition of tales from Brno is based on a collection made by Leopold Masur, which appeared in 1934 in what was then...

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Walpurgis Night

“The demons of the past are stirring in the unworldly old aristocrats of Prague Castle, and the old men are shocked by their own misspent,...

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Willibald Müller

Legends from Olomouc

These tales from Moravia’s hidden capital were published in 1892 and illustrated by José Hilber. This beautiful edition will delight any...

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Edison

The Czech poet Vítězslav Nezval (1900-1958) produced an extensive body of modernist work. As well as drama and translations, he left a...

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Heinrich Pleticha (ed.)

Piarists and Grammar School Boys

Strangely, one aspect of bygone Prague life seems to have escaped researchers in their many accounts: Prague was not only a university city...

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Wanderer, if You Ever Come to Prague

It would be hard to find another city in Europe so overflowing with stories, tales, and legends as the Old City of Prague. They tell of...

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Böhmen

Handbuch der Böhmischen Länder

 

 

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Mozart and Prague

Prague is the second city after Salzburg to be inseparably linked with the name of Mozart. Here in the Bohemian capital he enjoyed his...

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Franzensbad in Bohemia

Established in the late 18th century, Franzensbad (Františkovy Lázně) with its bubbling, healing spring, elegant buildings and extensive...

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Alexander J. Schneller
Ada Schneller

That Jazz of Praha

Culture is big in Prague. There are huge cultural events, and smaller, more intimate occasions. Modern jazz is generally something of a...

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Bohemian National Dances

This cultural study is the most exhaustive collection of Bohemian folk dances as recorded by Alfred Waldau from the mid-19th century...

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Old-Prague Peep Show

Oskar Wiener’s (b. 1873 in Prague, †1944 in Theresienstadt) Old-Prague Peep Show (1912) displayed images and figures of the city stemming...

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With Pen and Scalpel

On the Borderlands between Literature and Medicine

Two professions, two callings: there is a long and eminent list of doctors who have also been authors – not least among them being Friedrich...

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The Imperial City of Baden bei Wien

Baden – a Biedermeier spa town, nestling amid vine-covered hillsides – is home to the Old Town’s charming alleyways, immaculate baths and...

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Legends of Rübezahl

The Rübezahl lives over in the Giant Mountains, where the snow-caps top each peak. This woodland spirit is often known as a grim,...

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German tales from Moravia

This anthology of German tales from Moravia is devoted to a small Central European country that is still little known to this day. The...

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Fortress of my Youth

But the book also tells of magnificent concert performances, accomplished pieces of theatre and especially of exhilarating friendships in...

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Prague

City of Dreams on the Vltava

This little booklet is a collection of the must-see sights of Prague: the lofty Castle, the famous Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with...

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Maria Theresa

An Illustrated Life of an Empress

Maria Theresa of Austria – a Baroque concerto grosso, a cantata of beauty, magnificence and imperial splendour. Juliana Weitlaner has been...

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The Best Imperial Recipes

Von Tafelspitz bis Kaiserschmarren

From Tafelspitz to Kaiserschmarren – the Imperial Court Kitchen was more than just a collection of fine delicacies, prepared by the best...

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Jewish Fairytales and Legends

A Water Prince living in the Moldau, talking animals, flying demons, packs of thieves and kind-hearted folk, intermingled with frequent...

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Franz Kafka and Prague

Ein literarischer Wegweiser

„Franz Kafka was Prague and Prague was Franz Kafka”, Johannes Urzidil once wrote. And indeed, following the traces of Kafka’s life, your way...

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Egon Schiele

An Illustrated Life

Egon Schiele had many faces: the exceptionally talented artistic genius; the sensitive creator of peaceful landscapes and the shameless...

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Mucha

An Illustrated Life

Alphonse Mucha is world famous for his seductively beautiful panneaux and posters. As a decorative artist he shaped the appearance of a...

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Krambambuli

The Story of a Dog

The most well-known Austrian animal story is familiar to generations of readers and has become a true classic, with many film and television...

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The Condor/The Village on the Heath

These stories, published in 1840, brought the young Adalbert Stifter literary acclaim. He had long seen himself as a painter and scarcely...

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Granite/The Pitch Burners

A simple pitch burner moves to the forest with his family to avoid the plague. It is a worthwhile undertaking to compare the two versions of...

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When Austria was still Bohemian

When Austria was still Bohemian ... that was “many years ago”, and now when Austrians and Czechs look at each other across the border,...

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Severin’s Journey into the Dark

A Prague Ghost Story

According to Prague-German author Paul Leppin (1878-1945), the streets of his home city “led one astray and ill fortune lurked on the...

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On the History of Medicine

Now in its 7th year, The History of Medicine offers fascinating images and distinctive texts on famous doctors, world-changing events and...

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Last night at the café

Historical Images of Prague's Coffee Houses and Amusements

This lavish edition sweeps the reader into the lost world of old imperial Prague: it includes over a thousand historic photographs and...

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Prague

A Literary Guide through the Golden City

This fully revised edition of Kafka specialist Hartmut Binder’s stroll through Prague remains as useful as it is entertaining. It includes...

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Julius Silver

Prague

The Golden City

Prague is known as the Rome of the north, Kafka’s city, the city of a hundred spires. This illustrated volume, with excel­lent photography...

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Childhood and destiny in post-war turmoil

A rescue mission for German and Jewish children in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1947

Parentless children, stranded by the war — Swiss teacher Olga Fierz tells the moving story of a unique rescue mission in a topsy-turvy era....

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Julius Silver

The Imperial City of Baden bei Wien

Baden – a Biedermeier spa town, nestling amid vine-covered hillsides – is home to the Old Town’s charming alleyways, immaculate baths and...

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Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor

Pictures from the Life of Hans Kloepfer

This biography follows in the footsteps of Styrian poet Dr Hans Kloepfer, whose poems such as Dahoam, Da Ruß and Spätherbst are firmly...

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Robinson Crusoe

The English adventurer and writer Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) only completed his first and most famous novel The Life and Strange Surprizing...

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From the Treasure Chest of the Rhenisch Fireside Companion

By the 19th century, the simple, humorous stories that Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826) published over the years in the Rhenisch Fireside...

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Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare is the abiding legacy of English poet Charles Lamb (1775-1834). This book sweeps us into Shakespeare’s realm and...

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Through the Year with Franz Kafka

365 Days, Pictures, Texts, and Facts

Franz Kafka was born in Prague; his writing has fascinated generations of readers all over the world and includes some of the most famous...

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Moravia

The sun, a great poet, wrote a lovely tale down on our earth with a golden pen.

Jiří Wolker

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Karlsbad

I could only live in three cities: Weimar, Karlsbad and Rome.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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The Bohemian Forest

The Bohemian Forest: it is like a melancholy song that truly tugs on our heartstrings. Monotonous, unchanging, the wood and gloomy moorland...

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Historic Prague

O Prague, O solemn city, O city of martyrs, musicians and pretty maids …, O Prague, how much of my freedom-loving soul you have taken from...

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Sacrifice to the Lares

Sacrifice to the Lares (1895), the collection of poems written by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) when he was only twenty years of age, is...

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Stories of God

“I believe this book contains a few kernels which may grow into trees,” Rainer Maria Rilke revealed in a letter to a friend in 1900, shortly...

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The Grandmother (Babička)

The Czech author Božena Němcová (1820-1862), born in Vienna, paints an entirely unsentimental portrait of the country habits and customs of...

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Gustav Meyrink

Life under the Spell of Magic

This latest work by Hartmut Binder represents nothing less than the first comprehensive biography of Gustav Meyrink to meet the needs of a...

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Kafka’s Vienna

Kafka was a subject of the Austrian empire, yet his relationship with its capital city is uncharted territory for scholars of his work. As a...

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Innocens

Eine der schönsten Pragnovellen der deutschsprachigen Literatur, Ferdinand von Saars (1833-1906) Innocens ist auf dem Vyšehrad angesiedelt,...

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Franz Kafka und Prag

“Kafka was Prague and Prague was Kafka. Never was Prague so perfect, so typical of herself as she was during Kafka’s lifetime, and never...

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