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Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century:
A Surrealist History
Derek Sayer

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xv
Translation and Pronunciation xix

Introduction 1

  • 1 The Starry Castle Opens 13
  • The Surrealist Situation of the Object 13
  • A Choice of Abdications 22

2 Zone 33

  • Le passant de Prague 33
  • This Little Mother Has Claws 44
  • The Time of Ardent Reason 52
  • The Hangman and the Poet 63
  • Tongues Come to Life 69

3 Metamorphoses 79

  • The Origin of Robots 79
  • A Beautiful Garden Next Door to History 90
  • Suicide Lane 99
  • Franz Kafka's Dream 114
  • Do You Speak German? Are You a Jew? 122
  • Fantasy Land. Entry 1 Crown 130
  • The Precious Legacy 137

4 Modernism in the Plural 144

  • Alfons Mucha, Steel and Concrete 144
  • The Ghosts of Futures Past 156
  • From the Window of the Grand Café Orient 170
  • Granny's Valley 183
  • The Electric Century 197
  • All the Beauties of the World 210

5 Body Politic 221

  • The Silent Woman 221
  • The Poetry of Future Memories 231
  • Renaissance Ballet 242
  • Beautiful Ideas That Kill 251
  • Sexual Nocturne 261
  • Cut with a Kitchen Knife 270
  • A War Economy, Words of Command, and Gas 280

6 On the Edge of an Abyss 288

  • The Beautiful Gardener 288
  • The Bride Stripped Bare 298
  • Gulping for Air and Violence 304
  • Orders of Things 312
  • L'origine du monde 324
  • Dreams of Venus 331
  • A Girl with a Baton 344

7 Love's Boat Shattered against Everyday Life 356

  • A National Tragedy with Pretty Legs 356
  • The Poet Assassinated 364
  • A Wall as Thick as Eternity 374
  • Didier Desroches 387
  • Am I Not Right, Jan Hus? 399
  • Messalina's Shoulder in the Gaslight 409
  • That Familiar White Darkness 419

8 The Gold of Time 426

  • The Necromancer's Junk Room 426
  • The Prague-Paris Telephone 433
  • The Dancing House 439

Notes 445
Bibliography 529
Index 561

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