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The Golden Maze

The Golden Maze 2

A biography of Prague

by Fidler
Hardback
Publication Date: 20/08/2020
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Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

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.

ISBN:
9780733335266
9780733335266
Category:
Autobiography: general
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20-08-2020
Publisher:
ABC Books
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
592
Dimensions (mm):
210x153x48mm
Weight:
0.8kg

'Fidler's passion and love for the ancient city infuses every word, pours off every page, and if you've never been interested in Prague, it will find a way into your heart after reading this book.'
- Favel Parrett, The Age

'In The Golden Maze, Richard Fidler covers acres of rich history with a light and loving touch.'
- The Canberra Times

'Rollicking story of Prague.'
- The Standard

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  • The Golden Maze is amazing

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    Beautifully written and full of interesting facts and stories. I enjoyed reading The Golden Maze and highly recommend it to anyone who loves history and those that would like to 'armchair' travel to Prague.

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