Saturday, February 25, 2012
#8: "Prague in Danger" by Peter Demetz
A three-pronged history here, on occupied Prague in World War II. Prong one is a straightforward history of the German occupation, and the subsequent collaboration and opposition. Prong two is a reference guide to the arts scene in the Czech capital during the war -- theater, music, literature. Prong three is made up of Demetz's own memories, growing up as a young man during a confusing time. While the straightforward history is valuable and informative, it's Demetz's story that makes the book. Often wry and always (sometimes uncomfortably) honest, I could have read much more of his life story.