Author(s): Vladimir Fuka and Zdenek Mahler
Exactly half a century old, this timeless illustrated classic artfully captures the 'Madmen' era New York City through a distinctive and charming mid-century aesthetic. The unique essence of New York City was never more poetically celebrated than in Vladimir Fuka's brilliant, colourful illustrations and collages and Zden?k Mahler's playful accompanying narrative. The authors take us on a charming journey of discovery through the magnificent metropolis' architectural landmarks, cultural hot spots and ethnically diverse neighborhoods - from the high to the low: Wall St to Coney Island, The Guggenheim Museum to Yankees Stadium. Interesting historical fun facts about the city and its inhabitants paint a true picture of everyday New York reality. New York was created in 1964 and first printed in the former Czechoslovakia in 1968 but the entire print run was pulped by the secret police after Fuka escaped to America. The book was finally brought to life when Mahler's grandson discovered a surviving copy under a pile of manuscripts in his attic. Fifty years later, it remains as fresh as ever and includes updated facts for the 21st century. This beautiful, retro treasure will delight New Yorkers and tourists of all ages.
Vladimir Fuka (1926-1977) is a Czech illustrator, graphic artist, painter, and sculptor. In the 1950s and '60s, Fuka created a number of innovative books for both children and adults and has won numerous international awards. Zdenek Mahler is a writer of books for children and adults, and screenplays for theater, film, and television. He was an advisor in the preparations of Milos Forman's film "Amadeus" and "Goya's Ghosts," and has been a writer and moderator of popular educational programs.