Tag Archives: prague

The immigrant writer

So many writers and artists have had to leave their country for political reasons. In his wonderful, strange novel, Love and Garbage, the Czech writer, Ivan Klima (translated by Ewald Osers) articulates the problems of exile succinctly. He is at a party at … Continue reading

Posted in Prose | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Final trip post

We are actually safely home, but I do have a few last thoughts on our trip, in no particular order I loved the big car-free squares and pedestrian walkways of Prague and Krakow. I wish we did something similar here–it makes … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Master of the ordinary

We met up with friends here for a few days, and have been wandering a bit together. One of them at lunch said that he was the “master of the ordinary,” because of his appreciation of street life. I know … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A cage went in search of a bird

Because he is the most internationally famous Czech writer (although he wrote in German), Prague has made the most of Kafka. There’s a (very bad) cafe on the ground floor of the house where he was born, a Kafka map of … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Richard Fremund

At the Kampa Museum there was a retrospective of the Czech artist, Richard Fremund. You’ve never heard of him? Either had we. He was born in 1928, and died in a car wreck in 1969. We liked what we saw. … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Street scenes

As always, it’s interesting to see street life in a new city. This sign for example, from the door of the post office–better leave that gun at home, along with your dog. And if you feel like roast pork, how … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged | Leave a comment

Bad travel day

We had a glitch in our day getting to Prague. When we got to the airport, our scheduled flight on Czech Airlines was not on the board, and there was no representative at the Czech Airlines office. Apparently, the flight … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments