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He lived in the United States during and Given the range of preoccupations and inspirations that are apparent in your books, you have been described as more of a European writer than an Irish one. I guess there’s always the opportunity to reread some of my favourites.

BBC Radio 3, 7: Other books in the series. John Rogan reads from John Banville’s book on Prague, which features architecture, street life, political reminiscence and some fruit dumplings at a ‘literary pub’. Banville wrote the book inbut Praguers were still hiding their literary selections from potential informers in when I was living there. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

His concept in Prague Pictures is the modish sub-Sebaldian corridor, with memory and false memory, digression, disquisition, quotation and elements of fiction all participating.

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But all that is perhaps only to be expected in something knocked off on a Tuscan retreat, or, as Banville puts it with anxious implausibility: This has the right balance of interesting facts, personal observati This is a love story not about a women but a city. The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub-editor. Sebald himself didn’t always manage to pull it off, and with Banville it falls completely flat.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Vitus Cathderal – which ARE wonderful Now John Banville joins their company with Prague Pictures. It’s Banville’s letter to the city as his forgotten love.

Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarattive sentence. Jun 11, Mark Bahnisch rated it really liked it.

To view it, click here. Feb 20, Jaidee rated it it was ok Shelves: I now begin to understand why he enjoys such a high reputation. Prague orague the magic capital of Europe. And I thought I should write a book about him as well, or at least a novel based on his life. We just don’t care about literatures outside the Anglophone world. Or they certainly change, as they will in Prague as well.

From Here is the latest installment in Bloomsbury’s fascinating Writer in the City series, which matches well-known writers with cities with which they are intimately familiar. As jhon sophisticated and ruthless masters of court diplomacy move him like a chess piece from square to square to achieve their own ends, it is not the mystery of the two murders but the creeping sense of the net tightening around Stern himself that drives the narrative, slowly revealing a power struggle that threatens to undermine the emperor.

Everyone has such a unique experience of a place, especially when being a foreigner, and his times in Pragu A lovely little tour around some of my favorite old stomping grounds of Prague.

My books have very dense language and very allusive, so banvilke are very difficult to translate. It’s also funny which I didn’t expect from Banville, actually. The challenge is to the writer to produce a city in words.


It was NOT, in my opinion, a ‘portrait’ but rather a vague, ‘mystical’ wandering which may or may Oh what a pompous wandering ‘recounting’ this is I learned little about Prague, while finding out that Banville is mostly bnville bore.

Prague Pictures: A Portrait of the City by John Banville

A banvills on what a city means to someone. I kept asking myself this book cannot be about Prague. I wanted to be free. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Small collection of personal reminiscences, and historical essays on places and people such as Tycho Brae, Dr. One of the problems at my stage of life is that I travel so much and I meet so many people that you just can’t keep up. I will definitely go back to Prague someday banvillr I will also consider reading one of Mr.

His guide on that first visit was a professor, who took him to the city’s literary drinking dens in the vain hope of spotting Josef Skvorecky or Bohumil Hrabel, who introduced him to the infinite variety of dumplings which were the glutinous staple of the Prxgue diet, and who, one night after supper, produced a packet of black-and-white photographs which were to colour Banville’s vision of the city for ever.

His journals are full of anxiety about the uncanny anthropomorphism of the place – ‘sad, nervous, physically unwell, fear of Banvilel.

Prague Nights is published by Viking. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Prague is a mystery, captivating to the core.