Josef Kroutvor (1942) is a poet, writer of fiction, philosopher, art historian – and essayist. It is precisely the essay, written clearly, readable, without layers of various “academic” padding that is his forte. Whilst he was focusing mainly on various forms of the city and art associated with it in his texts from the ’70s to ’90s, he turned his interest in the new millennium more to past, non- urban themes, namely in Czech-German (Klobouk, kniha a hůl , 2009) and generally “southern” contexts. His New Journeys to the South is a cultural/historical book: about its main protagonist, the author himself, wandering to specific places and their literary and artistic imprints, starting at the southernmost outpost of Bohemia and, after numerous stops, ending in Italy. In the romantic spirit, life and work blend in one here: in both the adventure and the awareness of the broadest context.