Prague visit “inspirational” says Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown
The author of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, has just been in Prague for what he described as a vacation. The multi-million selling writer, known for his love of symbols and legends, has set previous novels in other historical European cities. So what are the chances of the action in a future Brown hit taking place in the Czech capital?
“We’ve seen monasteries and secret libraries, castles and synagogues and cemeteries. I’ve even made it down into your sewer system. I don’t think there’s much I haven’t seen.
"This is a very inspirational city. You have a deep history of mysticism and there are certain views in the city that you look at – particularly off of Charles Bridge, up at the Castle – that almost don’t seem real. You almost imagine that someone has painted the perfect fairytale city and there it is.
"As for what I’m writing next, as you know I like secrets. I never reveal what I’m writing about. But this visit has been very inspirational. That’s all I’ll say.”
The thriller writer praised his Prague guides, saying they had given him food for thought with their descriptions of some of the city’s most famous legends and literary figures.
“I’ve heard a lot of strange tales, from Kafka to the Golem, all sorts of mystical tales. They’re exciting because they’re inspirational, because they have an element of… truth and fairytale, and you’re not sure where they interconnect.
While in Prague, Dan Brown received an award from his local publishers for a translation of The Da Vinci Code becoming the best-selling book in the Czech Republic in the last decade. He also appeared at a staged reading from his latest hit Inferno at the Nová Scéna theatre.