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The golden maze : a biography of Prague / Richard Fidler.

The golden maze : a biography of Prague / Richard Fidler.
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Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date
943.712 FIDL
Adult Non Fiction   Bankstown . . On Loan . 13 Dec 2021
943.712 FIDL
Adult Non Fiction   Chester Hill . . Available .  
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ISBN 9780733335266 (hardback)
Name Fidler, Richard, 1964- author.
Title The golden maze : a biography of Prague / Richard Fidler.
Published Sydney, NSW : ABC Books, 2020.
©2020
Description 580 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony 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.
Subjects Fidler, Richard, -- 1964- Travel -- Czech Republic -- Prague
Prague (Czech Republic) -- History
Prague (Czech Republic) -- Description and travel
Prague (Czech Republic) -- Social conditions
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