Under the slogan 'Landscape People Art Architecture', Pallas guides are a cultural treasure trove. Free of the burden of listings they can devote more space to detailed explanation of the finest historical sights, and this volume includes strong chapters on Polish music, theatre and literature.
In this extraordinary work of historical witness the 20th Century experiences of Polish poet Wat are relayed in the form of transcripted conversations with Nobel Prizewinner Czeslaw Milosz. Paul Auster has described it as 'one of the most moving and powerful books I have ever read'.
The greatest writer of Polish fiction ever to have lived, Schulz wrote a marvellous array of sumptuous and inventive prose before his untimely death at the hands of the Nazis. In addition to the title collection and the wonderful 'Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass', this new edition contains three new stories. The favourite of Jonathan Safran Foer.
Singer's 1950 novel tells in delightful prose of a vanished way of life - the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century. Grand in scope but precise in its portrayal of shtetl life, this is an amusing and moving tale.
The Polish Tatras contain some of the most spectacular, accessible and oft-overlooked hiking in Europe. Cicerone are firmly established as leaders of the walking guide field and this excellent volume contains hikes for walkers of all standards.
A good and thorough guide with some interesting asides along with the usual listings. Time Out now update their Shortlist equivalent more regularly however, maintaining the best of this more comprehensive volume.
This brilliant series offers rich cultural and historical accounts of the world's great cities. Here Burton explores Prague's complex past, and the fascination it has exerted over the writers, artists and composers to emerge from its streets.
A glitteringly comic novel charting the rise and fall of its remarkable hero Ditie, a daydreaming hotel waiter who comes into great fortune only to lose it. Deceptively whimsical, Hrabal here deftly skewers the 20th Century trials of his country.
A marvellously engrossing account of the failed Hungarian uprising of 1956, when for a few days the rest of the world watched in amazement as a group of passionate rebels came close to humbling their Soviet occupiers.
First published in 1942, this is one of our favourites. Two aged men convene for one last meal, their encounter haunted by an act of betrayal that left their lives shattered. A beautiful novel, elegiac, poetic and thrilling.
A wonderful guide to the city from Granta. Part one is detailed social and cultural history of the city, part two contains six suggested walks and part three contains a brief selection of practical information. Definitely more useful as a cultural companion rather than a practical guide.
A brilliant guide to walking the Carpathians, some of the finest hiking terrain in Europe. A multitude of routes of varying difficulties are explained and mapped. Also contains sections on skiing, mountain biking, climbing and such.
Comprising 'The Great Fortune', 'The Spoilt City' and 'Friends and Heroes', Manning's brilliant trilogy actually has little to do with what we today call The Balkans. Instead it tells of Guy and Harriet Pringle, a couple living in Romania whose world is turned upside down by the advance of German forces. Autobiographical and vividly imagined, this is a fine comedy of manners set against traumatic world events.
A delightful memoir of the ten years William Blacker spent living in rural Romania. His obvious affection and witty observations make this a fascinating account of an area of Europe unchanged since the middle ages until the end of the Second World War.
A quite brilliant work by a wonderful writer. Magris guides us deftly from the river's source in the Bavarian Hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea, invoking along the way the ghosts that haunt the landscape.
One of our best historians explores the Polish revolt of 1944, which was well and truly scuppered by Russian opposition and American indifference. Davies' passionate and emotional style brings the oft-forgotten, heroic actions of the Poles involved into the light.