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22.10.2013

Homelands: 46 portraits of Czech areas

Albatros has published Homelands (Krajiny domova), the first book by popular geologist and philosopher Václav Cílek intended for children and their parents. On the basis of the author’s years of traveling, he offers advice for trips and presents places that are definitely worth visiting. He offers up original tips and secrets that you won’t find in any other guide book. Homelands contains forty-six portraits of Czech areas that will stun with their unique natural beauty. The book includes the somewhat impressionist illustrations of Renáta Fučíková, among which the reader will even find reconstructed landscapes as they would have appeared centuries ago, or even in prehistoric times.

Václav Cílek writes in an inimitable style, with tremendous passion and wonder, which would draw in any reader, and lead them to find the landscape of their dreams. Readers can use the book as an encyclopedia or as a guide for weekend trips. It can also be read as an essay on the history and current state of our magnificent land. Renáta Fučíková’s impressive and colorful illustrations sketch out the features of individual locations, and better reflect their nature throughout the four seasons than photographs would.

Find your own countryside, and devote some time to it,” Václav Cílek urges his readers. “You’ll be richly rewarded.” In Homelands readers will find a unique manual teaching them how to “read” landscapes, their origins, their history, and the people who live in them.

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