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Product NameMagic Prague
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SKUGRP30569319
Price New388.50 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used1.99 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Width0.87 inches    (convert)
Height7.76 inches    (convert)
Length5.12 inches    (convert)
Weight10.08 ounces    (convert)
AuthorAngelo Maria Ripellino
Page Count352
BindingPaperback
Published01/13/1995
FeaturesThis book attempts to go beyond the tourist cliche of Prague as the 'golden city' to bring out all the mystery, ambiguity, gloom, lethargy and hidden fascination of the city on the Vltava. Ripellino slips into the style of melodrama and ghost stories as he writes of the time of Rudolf II, the alchemists, the Jewish Quarter, the Golem, the pubs, the funereal malevolence of its architecture, of Holan and Kafka, of Meyrink and the Czech Dadaists. With this dense cast of characters Ripellino brings out the sorcery of the Bohemian capital in a compelling mix of fact and fiction. This vast fresco of Prague life provides much more than a literary and cultural history of the city; it is both a celebration and a requiem. 'The city of the Vltava, capital of old Bohemia, is as much a state of mind as a physical location. It was the centre of magic in the Renaissance, the very alembic of Europe, and still retains its reputation for mystery and rank intrigue ...This is a haunting, clotted, mad masterpiece. It is not an easy read, but it is a rewarding one. As I close the book, the magic city sinks back into its ancient dreaming, and I recall a beautiful line from a poem by Jarolsav Seifert, quoted by Ripellino: "The shadow enters darkness and man enters earth." ' John Banville, Observer, Product Details Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Picador (January 13, 1995) Language: English ISBN-10: 0330337793 ISBN-13: 978-0330337793 Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1 inches Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews) Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #47 in Books > Travel > Europe > Czech Republic > Prague #87 in Books > History > Europe > Czech Republic Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed. Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price? Editorial Reviews, Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Prague's creative alchemy over the centuries was due largely to the commingling of its three major peoples--Czechs, Germans, Jews--shows Ripellino in this hypnotic, intensely lyrical odyssey. Beginning with Franz Kafka who "absorbed all Prague's humours and poisons," the late Ripellino (1923-1978), who taught Czech language and literature at the University of Rome, delves into Prague's melancholy and irrational darker aspects. We meet paranoid King Rudolf II (1576-1611); his court painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), famous for fantastical composite portraits; playwright Karel Capek's robots; the Golem (humanoid automaton) of Jewish legend; and a horde of pilgrims, alchemists, executioners and ghosts. Ripellino presents a vibrant picture of life in Prague's Jewish quarter, which was razed in 1893, and of the gathering of avant-garde poets and painters in the 1920s. Originally published in Italy in 1973, the book is marked by sadness for the events of the Prague Spring: "My friends have been pressing me to finish this pot-pourri, hoping it will rekindle the memory of a betrayed country without hope." Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Library Journal Although Prague is renowned for its beauty and is conveniently located in the center of Europe, fascism and communism have kept it off most American tourist itineraries for more than half a century. Capitalism is quickly returning it to every tourist's list. Levine, an American who lived in Prague while writing this guidebook, includes detailed information on transportation, accommodations, eating, shopping, and entertainment, plus interesting (and sometimes useful) cultural anecdotes and historical facts. Although the focus is on Prague, 15 day trips outside the city are also described; the book could serve as a guide to the new Czech Republic as well as to its capital. Following th, Most Helpful Customer Reviews 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful Prague for the deeply romantic, literate traveler By Walter V. Cicha on October 5, 1999 Format: Hardcover The late Mr. Ripellino has amassed a tribute to Prague like no other. It breathes. Anyone that has ever visited the "Golden City of a 100 spires" must have had an inkling deep in their soul of what the author has magnificently put down in words. The "Old Crone [Prague] has claws", as Kafka put it, and Ripellino shows exactly why that is so. The research that went into this book is simply astounding, with my edition having 44 pages of tightly spaced notes, of 333 pages total, including index. The book takes us from one extraordinary Prague tale to another, with myth, legend and reality all melting into one pot of magic. Anyone that plans to visit the center of Europe should read this book in advance, or at least skim it on the plane. It is a tough read, being full of poetic phrases and meticulous details, which often beg for multiple readings. However, the time spent is well worth it. The book will serve as a beautiful bridge between the soul and the mind, as the traveler wanders along the cobblestones of thousand year old "Praha." p.s. I bought my edition (Picador) in Prague for 315 Kcs, or about US$ 9. The price on the back of the paperback is 9.99 British Pounds, which is about US$ 17, depending on the day. Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No, 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful So that's why it's called Magic Prague By Adam Deverell on January 21, 2000 Format: Hardcover I tried to read this before my trip to Prague and found it inaccessible and its language pretentious. Then, after a week in the city, I started reading again. And couldn't stop. It is only when you visit the Jewish cemetery or Prague Castle that the myths, ghosts and executioners of the past come alive. Although a tough read, it is exceptionally rewarding for the traveller who wants to take more home from Prague than just Bohemian crystal. Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful The best book about Prague. By A Customer on December 25, 1998 Format: Hardcover I wish I had this book in 1981-83 when I was wandering in Prague with my camera. I wish I had this book in that attic room under the roof made with old dark wooden beams in Malostranske namesti. Karluv most was my magic everyday walkabout. I have my photographs and this book to remember when I forget that magic exists. Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No See all 6 customer reviews (newest first) Write a customer review
Long DescriptionThis book attempts to go beyond the tourist cliche of Prague as the 'golden city' to bring out all the mystery, ambiguity, gloom, lethargy and hidden fascination of the city on the Vltava. Ripellino slips into the style of melodrama and ghost stories as he writes of the time of Rudolf II, the alchemists, the Jewish Quarter, the Golem, the pubs, the funereal malevolence of its architecture, of Holan and Kafka, of Meyrink and the Czech Dadaists. With this dense cast of characters Ripellino brings out the sorcery of the Bohemian capital in a compelling mix of fact and fiction. This vast fresco of Prague life provides much more than a literary and cultural history of the city; it is both a celebration and a requiem. 'The city of the Vltava, capital of old Bohemia, is as much a state of mind as a physical location. It was the centre of magic in the Renaissance, the very alembic of Europe, and still retains its reputation for mystery and rank intrigue ...This is a haunting, clotted, mad masterpiece. It is not an easy read, but it is a rewarding one. As I close the book, the magic city sinks back into its ancient dreaming, and I recall a beautiful line from a poem by Jarolsav Seifert, quoted by Ripellino: "The shadow enters darkness and man enters earth." ' John Banville, Observer
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The extra items are numerically indexed and provide extra text to go along with numeric values such as weights or distances or even currencies. The attributes that use these extra indexes are all numeric and take two fields. You can send the data in a single field as long as you use the same short or long text that we keep in our database.

Although the data feed API can deliver information as JSON or XML, we are using XML here because it is easier to read.

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   <extra_group>Distance</extra_group>
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      <id>505</id>
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Looking at this example, you can see that the EXTRA portion is an array of values each with their own properties. Here is what each section means:

This extra information is normally used in a drop down box next to the numeric data field that we want to enhance. Some examples might be:

You see we can display the long or short version of the extra code by using the ID index.

Fields that make use of this extra information require it when pushing data back to us in the feed. You can either send the data in two fields (value and extra_id) or in a single field (value) as long as the text following the numeric portion matches the long or short version of the extra data we store for the field.

For example, if you wanted to update a field that represented distance with the value "100 yards", you could either send that data just like that in the value field value=100+yards or in two seperate fields value=100&extra_id=505 and you would get the same results. If you send an invalid extra_id or text after the number that doesn't match our accepted list, your update would be rejected.

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