The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague (AU Edition)

October 30, 2020
The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague (AU Edition)

Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of GhostEmpire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personallycurated history of the magical city that is Prague.In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of theprovocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars whenrevolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanisinghistoric, human, moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepitpolice state was being overthrown by crowds of ecstatic citizens.His experience of the Velvet Revolution never let go of him.Thirty years later Fidler returns to Prague to uncover theglorious and grotesque history of Europe's most instagrammed anduncanny city: a jumble of gothic towers, baroque palaces andzig-zag lanes that has survived plagues, pogroms, Nazi terror andSoviet tanks. Founded in the ninth Century, Prague gave the worldthe golem, the robot, and the world's biggest statue of Stalin, abehemoth that killed almost everyone who touched it.Fidler tells the story of the reclusive emperor who brought theworld's most brilliant minds to Prague Castle to uncover the occultsecrets of the universe. He explores the Black Palace, the wartimeheadquarters of the Nazi SS, and he meets victims of the communistsecret police. Reaching back into Prague's mythic past, he findsthe city's founder, the pagan priestess Libussa who prophesised: Isee a city whose glory will touch the stars.Following the story of Prague from its origins in medievaldarkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well- curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place.You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who iserudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have asyour companion.PRAISE FOR GHOST EMPIRE:'Fidler displays great charm in the telling ofhis tale, spicing it with delicious gossip.' - NewYork Times Book Review'... thanks to the stylish cleverness of anexceptionally curious and talented man, we can feast on whatstrange magic the city brought-and still brings today-to the worldbeyond. I am speechless with admiration.' - SimonWinchester'Fidler's story leaves its readers with a sense of faith in therenewing, illuminating, social powers of historical narrative.' -Sydney Morning Herald