Czech Fairytales

Just like other European nations, the Czechs have a treasure trove of fairytales that has been lovingly handed down over the centuries. Some...

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Folktales and Legends

Once upon a time, every river bend, every mountain peak and every church tower had its own story to tell; adventurers and pitch-burners...

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Czech Cuisine

A Culinary Guide with photos and original recipes

Are halušky and škubánky a mystery to you? Have you ever heard of lívance and vdolky? Then you’re on the right track with this culinary tour...

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The Best Czech Recipes

Just as in the days of the Emperor, people flock to the Czech Republic today to savour tasty local specialities, ranging from the fine...

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Paul Arndt

Rübezahl

Tales and Legends of the Spirit of the Mountains

The bearded Rübezahl lives in the Riesengebirge, the Giant Mountains with their snow-capped peaks; here, his moods and whimsies are...

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Childhood and destiny in post-war turmoil

A rescue mission for German and Jewish children in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1947

Parentless children, stranded by the war — Swiss teacher Olga Fierz tells the moving story of a unique rescue mission in a topsy-turvy era....

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Škoda

A Car That Made History

In one of the most fascinating technological success stories in the world, Škoda combines the traditions of a hundred-year-old motoring...

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Mucha

An Illustrated Life

Alphonse Mucha is world famous for his seductively beautiful panneaux and posters. As a decorative artist he shaped the appearance of a...

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Egon Schiele

An Illustrated Life

Egon Schiele had many faces: the exceptionally talented artistic genius; the sensitive creator of peaceful landscapes and the shameless...

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When Austria was still Bohemian

When Austria was still Bohemian ... that was “many years ago”, and now when Austrians and Czechs look at each other across the border,...

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A Musician’s Blood

In his memoir A Musician’s Blood (Musikantenblut) the apprentice locksmith and later court musician Wenzel Abert (1842-1915) describes his...

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Gabriela Salfellner
Harald Salfellner

The Best Imperial Recipes

From Tafelspitz to Kaiserschmarren

From Tafelspitz to Kaiserschmarren – the Imperial Court Kitchen was more than just a collection of fine delicacies, prepared by the best...

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

Franzensbad in Bohemia

Established in the late 18th century, Franzensbad (Františkovy Lázně) with its bubbling, healing spring, elegant buildings and extensive...

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Krambambuli

The Story of a Dog

The most well-known Austrian animal story is familiar to generations of readers and has become a true classic, with many film and television...

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BergersDorf

Born in 1944 near Pirmasens, the author based this documentary novel dealing with the entrapment, entanglement and eviction of an entire...

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To Leave the World in Spring

August 1944. Young Czech forced labourers are fleeing Vienna to set up a resistance group in Moravia. 21-year-old Božena works in a...

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High Forest

In his masterpiece, the story High Forest, Adalbert Stifter describes the love of two sisters at the time of the Thirty Years’ War. At their...

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

Historic Prague

O Prague, O solemn city, O city of martyrs, musicians and pretty maids …, O Prague, how much of my freedom-loving soul you have taken from...

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

The Bohemian Forest

The Bohemian Forest: it is like a melancholy song that truly tugs on our heartstrings. Monotonous, unchanging, the wood and gloomy moorland...

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

Karlsbad

I could only live in three cities: Weimar, Karlsbad and Rome.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

Moravia

The sun, a great poet, wrote a lovely tale down on our earth with a golden pen.

Jiří Wolker

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Willibald Müller

Legends from Olomouc

These tales from Moravia’s hidden capital were published in 1892 and illustrated by José Hilber. This beautiful edition will delight any...

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Leopold Masur

Legends from Brno

This elegant edition of tales from Brno is based on a collection made by Leopold Masur, which appeared in 1934 in what was then...

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The Condor/The Village on the Heath

These stories, published in 1840, brought the young Adalbert Stifter literary acclaim. He had long seen himself as a painter and scarcely...

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Granite/The Pitch Burners

A simple pitch burner moves to the forest with his family to avoid the plague. It is a worthwhile undertaking to compare the two versions of...

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Bohemian National Dances

This cultural study is the most exhaustive collection of Bohemian folk dances as recorded by Alfred Waldau from the mid-19th century...

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Fortress of my Youth

But the book also tells of magnificent concert performances, accomplished pieces of theatre and especially of exhilarating friendships in...

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Böhmen

Handbuch der Böhmischen Länder

 

 

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We Live Far From Here, Far From Here

Diether Krywalski is an author and editor of literary studies and guides, and a contributor to the Lexikon der Weltliteratur. In recent...

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Minicalendar Mucha Girls 2019

The new Vitalis minicalendars make an ideal souvenir at a sensational price, a colourful gift for art lovers, featuring major paintings....

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The Grandmother (Babička)

The Czech author Božena Němcová (1820-1862), born in Vienna, paints an entirely unsentimental portrait of the country habits and customs of...

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Harald Salfellner (ed.)

German tales from Moravia

This anthology of German tales from Moravia is devoted to a small Central European country that is still little known to this day. The...

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Edison

The Czech poet Vítězslav Nezval (1900-1958) produced an extensive body of modernist work. As well as drama and translations, he left a...

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