John Banville: Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City

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Published as part of Bloomsbury’s “The Writer and The City” series, John Banville’s Prague Pictures: Portraits of A City (2003) can be considered a work of travel literature, albeit with frequent deviations from the subject material of general works in this genre. In this book the author recalls his several journeys to the city he describes as “mysterious, jumbled, fantastical, absurd” (9) over a period of roughly twenty years, his first visit being in the early 1980s. Prague Pictures is Banville’s first work of non-fiction and, like the other texts in the series, this work is an atypical piece of travel writing and defies simple description. Banville merges fiction with fact, …

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Boyle, Kevin. "Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2013
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