The book “City Parks and Other Stories” by Hermann Grab
The novel’s protagonist, a young student Renato, experiences his first love to a young girl Mariana whom he usually meets during the walks with her English governesses in Prague’s parks. The stories from these walks, his school and home are told on the background of the First World War. Hermann Grab wrote the book at the age of 28 in 1932. It was published in 1935 with the first Czech translation only published in 1995.
— The City Parks were located on the area in front of the Main Railway Station and towards the National Museum; only a part has been preserved to this day as the Vrchlický Park. The City Parks were presumably visited by Prague’s German speaking minority quite often as several German-language writers mention them.—
The map source: The altimetric plan of Prague and environs 1920-1924
Central parkway, 1925, Source: Archiv Hl. města Prahy (The Prague City Archives)
Southwestern part of the Vrchlický Park, 1926, Source: Archiv Hl. města Prahy ((The Prague City Archives)
Zdroj: Hermann Grab. Městské sady a jiné povídky. Praha: Primus, 2000, s. 16–17.
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