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Category:Czech literature, Classics, Short stories
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Czuy barbarzyca, Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka, In-House Weddings, I Served the King of England, Closely Watched Trains, The Little Town Where Time Stood Still, Too Loud a Solitude, Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, Slavnosti snenek, Postiiny
Rake drunkard aesthete gossip raconteur extraordinaire the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal s rambling rambunctious masterpiece i Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age i is all these and more Speaking to a group of sunbathing women who remind him of lovers past this elderly rou tells the story of his life or at least unburdens himself of a lifetime s worth of stories Thus we learn of amatory conquests and humiliations of scandals both private and public of military adventures and domestic feuds of what things were like in the days of the monarchy and how they ve changed since As the book tumbles restlessly forward and the comic tone takes on darker shadings we realize we are listening to a man talking as much out of desperation as from exuberance br br Hrabal one of the great Czech writers of the twentieth century as well as an inveterate haunter of Prague s pubs and football stadiums developed a unique method which he termed palavering whereby characters gab and soliloquize with abandon Part drunken boast part soul rending confession part metaphysical poem on the nature of love and time this astonishing novel which unfolds in a single monumental sentence shows why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera John Banville and Louise Erdrich, In these letters written to April Gifford between and but never sent Bohumil Hrabal chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen more often than not from the windows of his favorite pubs In his palavering style that has marked him as one of the major writers and innovators of post war European literature Hrabal gives a humorous and at times moving account of life in Prague under Nazi occupation communism and the brief euphoria following the revolution of when anything seemed possible even pink tanks Interspersed are fragmented memories of trips taken to Britain as he attempted to track down every location mentioned in Eliot s The Waste Land and the United States where he ends up in one of Dylan Thomas s haunts comparing the waitresses to ones he knew in Prague The result is a masterful blend of personal history and poetic prose, Inspired by Mrs Tolstoy and Mrs Dostoevsky whose biographies about their husbands have now been published in Prague Bohumil Hrabal decided to produce his own autobiographical work ostensibly fiction from his wife s point of view He would write he said not a putdown about myself but a little bit of how it all was that marriage of ours with myself as a jewel and adornment of our life together br br The task taken up by such a rogue comic talent could be nothing other than strangely delightful and in i In House Weddings i the first of the trilogy that Hrabal produced we meet the author through the eyes of his wife Eliska She narrates his life from his upbringing in Nymburk through his work as a dispatcher in a train station and then in a scrap paper plant his first publication his trouble with the authorities and his association with notable artists and authors such as Jiri Kolar Vladimir Boudnik and Arnost Lustig Hrabal s bohemian life was itself a source of great interest to the Czech public transmuted here it is even more compelling a wry portrait of artistic life in postwar Eastern Europe and a telling reflection on how such a life might be recast in the light of literary brilliance, b In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre World War II Prague who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical trip through th century Czechoslovakia b br br First published in in a typewritten edition then finally printed in book form in I Served the King of England is an extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel The New York Times telling the tale of Ditie a hugely ambitious but simple waiter in a deluxe Prague hotel in the years before World War II Ditie is called upon to serve not the King of England but Haile Selassie It is one of the great moments in his life Eventually he falls in love with a Nazi woman athlete as the Germans are invading Czechoslovakia After the war through the sale of valuable stamps confiscated from the Jews he reaches the heights of his ambition building a hotel He becomes a millionaire but with the institution of communism he loses everything and is sent to inspect mountain roads Living in dreary circumstances Ditie comes to terms with the inevitability of his death and with his place in history