“Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you” –said Ford Madox Ford.

Following this maxim,  Marshal Zeringue has created a very entertaining blog, “The Page 99 Test,” in which he asks authors to comment on page 99 of their book and publishes the results.  He asked me to take the test and I did.

It turned out page 99 was set in a cemetery.

You can read the results here.

 

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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A triumph!  Sayer’s indispensable work is at once magisterial and puckish, authoritative and subversive, intellectually dense and brilliantly accessible.”  Michael Beckerman, New York University

“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

The book is already listed at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk