Grand Literary Cafes of Europe Hardcover Book by Noël Riley Fitch, Andrew Midgley
Since the 16th century, coffee has been the beverage of choice to inspire thought, argument and dream as well as the impetus for the origin of the coffeehouse. The café - whether called caffe, Kaffeehaus, Kawiarnia or coffeehouse - has been central to urban and artistic life. In Europe and elsewhere, it is a place to start and end the day; to read, compose, gossip, debate or mull over the intricacies of a chess move. This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a tour of the great literary cafés of Europe, encompassing cities as diverse as London, Lisbon, Budapest, Barcelona, Rome and Prague. Focusing on the famous writers and artists who frequented these historic places, author Noėl Riley-Fitch celebrates the cafés' architecture, history and tradition, providing an insight to their enduring charm and popularity, shown through nearly 150 photographs.
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