I have uploaded two essays (of sorts) to the Writings section of this site. “American Surreal” was inspired by Veryl Goodnight’s monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Texas A & M University campus in College Station, Texas. “Games of the Doll” is an outtake from Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century. It tries to wrestle with the disconcerting gaze of the German surrealist Hans Bellmer’s notorious adolescent doll. I have also added a photo of our poodle Luci to the “About” section. She will shortly be taking driving lessons.
It has taken me over ten years to research and write Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History, the sequel to The Coasts of Bohemia (Princeton University Press 1998). On the weekend I received an advance bound proof copy. It felt good!
656 pages, 62 illustrations, cloth $35.00/£24.95, Princeton University Press Spring 2013.
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“This is a fascinating and brilliantly written narrative that combines elements of literary guide, biography, cultural history, and essay. Writing with warm engagement, and drawing on his detailed knowledge of Czech literature, art, architecture, music, and other fields, Derek Sayer provides a rich picture of a dynamic cultural landscape.” Jindřich Toman, University of Michigan