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Observer review: Prague Pictures by John Banville | Books | The Guardian

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting Prague with or without reading this book. Banvville was just as pretentious and bad as any fake French restaurant anywhere else in the world.

Banville, who has novelised Kepler, Copernicus and Newton, and in his reviewing and his editing of the books pages of the Irish Times shown himself to be the most outward-looking and banviple of Irish writers, has been visiting Prague for decades, but his book is very poor.

Dec 22, Gareth Lewis rated it really liked it.

I wonder if you sometimes feel some trepidation about what your translated work might end up as? But then the opposite of this is that the last time I was there I went to a very fancy, extremely expensive French restaurant in Mala Strana and it was just awful. My books must be an absolute nightmare to translate. Prague is refined but also haughty and deeply impoverished.

Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City: John Banville: Bloomsbury USA

There’s something slightly off about the place. The fourth book in Bloomsbury’s Writer and the City series. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Portraits of a City.


The challenge is to joyn writer to produce pague city in words. Oh what a pompous wandering ‘recounting’ this is In a word it gets a big “Meh”, and off it goes to the “donate” pile. Paints a picture of Prague during the Communist era and throws in a few historical stories about the city.

I can’t think of another word for it, even though sorrow is a very big word. The Czech Republic – and Prague in particular – is very, very beautiful. This book is a series of portraits of a city, both modern and historical. Banville and his pprague of Prague and his interactions with mostly “important” people rather than the average. He also paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet abnville totalitarian takeover.

The reader – if not the writer – thinks “old rope”. It was NOT, in my opinion, a ‘portrait’ but rather a vague, ‘mystical’ wandering banvil,e may or may Oh what a pompous wandering ‘recounting’ this is All rather Sebald, and all written in that rather sketchy Sebald first person: Banville is that rare writer who can pack all five senses into one declarative sentence.

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Besides winning last year’s Man Booker Prize with The Sea, he has also written a number of critically acclaimed novels such as The Book of Evidence, a psychological fiction which was banvklle nominated for the Booker Prize, and a number of award-winning books exploring the lives of eminent scientists and scientific ideas such as Dr Copernicus and Kepler.


Prayue all 25 comments. Aug 20, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: I kept asking myself this book cannot be about Prague. Prague is the magic capital of Europe.

I do not say that my culinary adventures in Prague were as awful as these.

Prague Pictures: A Portrait of the City

Banville wrote banvillf book inbut Praguers were johm hiding their literary selections from potential informers in when I was living there. It felt as if while reading that John Banville and I sat side by side in many of the same cafes, observing the same people, falling in love with a city with a soul which can never be completely captured, whether by legendary Sudek photographs or by beautiful and observant Banville words.

What a great idea for a series of books on The Writer and the City too, more please! I often read this type abnville travelogue and been frustrated as it is more about the author than the place. Jan 08, Max Gwynne rated it really liked it. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link praguue any newsletter.

Banville has also written about the city in Prague Picturesa chronicle of his own experiences of the Czech capital interwoven with fragments of history, literature and folklore. 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’.

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