Vaclav Havel went from being a playwright to a symbol of the new Czech state and democracy in Eastern Europe. Along the way he became Czech's first democratically elected president, nominee and winner of prestigious peace prizes, and one of the world's preeminent anti-communist revolutionaries.
It's on all the bestseller lists and it is definitely the book of the moment. 'Clockwork Prince' is the second in author Cassandra Clare's projected 'Infernal Devices' trilogy (which is in itself a prequel to Clare's popular 'Mortal Instruments' series). 'Clockword Prince' is set in a Victorian London with angels, vampires, and warlocks where a heroine named Tessa gets caught in the war between the strange Magister and the demon-fighters known as the Shadowhunters. With her companions, the moody Will and frail but kind Jem, Tessa must journey to a manor house that holds secrets of Tessa's past and present-day horrors for all three. But once you've read 'The Clockwork Prince' – what next? Here are a few books to keep you entertained at least until Book No. 3 of 'Infernal Devices" comes along.
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iPad book apps add authors' notes and historical material to classics like "Atlas Shrugged," "On the Road,"and the complete works of Shakespeare.
The Czech Republic has a long tradition of puppetry, which carried on cultural and language traditions when the Austro-Hungarian Empire discouraged Czech nationalism.
Not far from Prague, fans gather each spring near the village of Doksy to reenact battles from J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, ‘The Hobbit.’
A new report that found a Catholic diocese failed to disclose allegations of sexual abuse of children to the police has many in Ireland pushing for new laws to punish priests to disclose information about alleged pedophiles.