I want to thank all of my friends in Prague for sharing their kindness and their stories with me. I am especially grateful to Zdeněk Stříbrný and Jiří Hanuš for their warm hospitality while I was in Prague and for their helpful comments on the first draft of the manuscript. I also want to thank Leo Marx for reading an early draft of this work. Finally, I want to thank my parents, Rosalind and Victor. My father read and reread several drafts of the manuscript; his insightful comments helped refine my thoughts, as did many heated late-night conversations. My mother is responsible for making this book a reality. Her tireless and exacting work, transcribing tapes and editing text, made Prague Sprung flower.
Thank you all.