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Prague Palimpsest: Writing, Memory, and the City

Alfred Thomas


A city of immense literary mystique, Prague has inspired writers across the centuries with its beauty, cosmopolitanism, and tragic history. Envisioning the ancient city in central Europe as a multilayered text, or palimpsest, that has been constantly revised and rewritten—from the medieval and Renaissance chroniclers who legitimized the city's foundational origins to the modernists of the early twentieth century who established its reputation as the new capital of the avant-garde—this book argues that Prague has become a paradoxical site of inscription and effacement, of memory and forgetting, ... More

Keywords: Prague, central Europe, Franz Kafka, Bohumil Hrabal, Milan Kundera, Gustav Meyrink, Jan Neruda, Vítězslav Nezval, Rainer Maria Rilke

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226795409
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226795416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred Thomas, author