In exactly one month, I will be on a plane on my way to Prague! I am unbelievably excited. This is my first real vacation in a very long time, and the first one I’m taking on my own as an adult (I will be going with my cousin, but my past few vacations have been either planned by someone else or a school trip, so I didn’t really get to make decisions about what to do). Because my life is basically ruled by books, I’m doing the logical thing and spending the next month reading books set in Prague or by Czech authors. I’m hoping to finish them before I go, but I also have a thirteen-hour flight to Germany (before the last hour or so to Prague), so I have plenty of time to read.
Here are the books on my Prague reading list:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Milan Kundera, and this seems like a must-read before my trip. It’s supposed to be one of the greatest works of literature of all time, so I really do want to give it a try. Hopefully before my trip.
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. I did want to add a more obscure Czech author to my list, and The Golem immediately caught my eye. It’s creepy and dark (and thankfully, short) and the story seems right up my alley. The Goodreads synopsis claims the most memorable figure in this book is the city of Prague itself. So, obviously, I need to read it.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. I’ve actually already read this one (and The Trial), but I do want a refresher on the weirdness that is Franz Kafka before I go to the Kafka museum (and see the rotating Kafka head sculpture).
Melmoth by Sarah Perry. I picked this up not knowing much about it, but was very excited when I picked it up and saw that it’s set in Prague! It seems really dark, and there’s mystery and a library and I definitely want to read it now.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Honestly, I’m the least excited to read this one, but only because I’m not in the mood for young adult literature. But it’s been on my shelf forever (I feel like it was big a while back), so I might give it a go.
I actually recently reread The Night Circus as well, and was excited to realize one of the big scenes of the novel takes place in Prague! So on the off chance you also want to read some books set in Prague, The Night Circus kind of counts.
I might not get to all of these, but I definitely think there are some good ones in there for me to choose from. I think The Golem and Melmoth are at the top of my list.
Do you have any recommendations for books set in Prague? Do you know of any Czech authors I should check out?