Sometimes a city can be like a bird. Just as the magpie is
an inveterate collector, hoarding beautiful eclectic bits to line its nest, so
Prague retains fragments from bygone regimes and centuries past to create a
city of juxtaposition that is alternately exquisite and bizarre.
Prague’s personality is expressed as much by its obvious
beauty as by its overlooked details. This unforgettable place is brought to
life by acclaimed author Myla Goldberg, a former Prague expat, whose first
novel, Bee Season, captivated so many
with its unique voice and exhilarating prose.
Myla Goldberg lived in Prague in 1993, just as the process
of Westernization was getting under way, the city straddling a past it wished
to shed and a future it was eager to embrace. In 2003, she returned to see what
the pursuit of capitalism had wrought and to observe the integral ways in which
Prague’s character had endured. In Time’s
Magpie, Goldberg explores a city where centuries-old buildings have become
receptacles for Western values and a generation defined by the Communist regime
coexists with a generation for whom Communism is a rapidly fading memory.
Wander through the narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets
to places most tourists never see—to a neighborhood eerily transformed by the
devastating flood of 2002; to an anachronistic amusement park that is home to a
discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and to the cabinets of curiosity
in the Strahov Monastery, where hidden among deceptively modest displays of
butterfly specimens and ladies’ fans are creatures that defy the laws of
taxidermy. This imaginative, individualistic journey will show you the odd and
unique corners of a city often seeking to erase what its very stones will not
allow it to forget. Download and start listening now!