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Hrabal, Bohumil 1914-1997

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Most widely held works by Bohumil Hrabal
Closely watched trains by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

118 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bohumil Hrabal's post-war classic about a young man's coming of age in German-occupied Czechoslovakia is among his most beloved and accessible works. Closely Watched Trains is the subtle and poetic portrait of Miloš Hrma, a timid young railroad apprentice who insulates himself with fantasy against a reality filled with cruelty and grief. Day after day as he watches trains fly by, he torments himself with the suspicion that he himself is being watched and with fears of impotency. Hrma finally affirms his manhood and, with a sense of peace and purpose he has never known before, heroically confronts a trainload of Nazis."--Goodreads
Rambling on : an apprentice's guide to gift of the gab : short stories by Bohumil Hrabal( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97) has been ranked with Jaroslav Ha¿Łek, Karel Capek, and Milan Kundera as among the greatest twentieth-century Czech writers. Hrabal's fiction blends tragedy with humor and explores the anguish of intellectuals and ordinary people alike from a slightly surreal perspective. Rambling On is a collection of stories set in Hrabal's Kersko that depicts the hilariously absurd atmosphere of a tiny cottage community in the heart of a forest in the middle of totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Several of these stories were rejected by the Communist censors during the 1970s; this first Eng
Ostře sledované vlaky = Closely watched trains by Jiří Menzel( Visual )

42 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sexual problems of an apprentice guard at a sleepy rural railway station during World War II are balanced by the exploits of the station guard resolved to do as little work as possible. The authority figure, the station master, is eccentrically ineffectual. Although the Resistance ultimately beckons, this tragic-comic tale with its distinctively wry humour, adapted by the author from his stream-of-consciousness novel, was the culmination of an anti-heroic trend in the 'New Czech cinema' of the sixties. Menzel's film has a clear political sub-text - the placing of the private concerns of the hero ahead of ideology or politics (a colleague has spoken of Menzel's identification with his hero) was itself a political gesture winning the film an Oscar and prohibition after the Soviet invasion in 1968
Too loud a solitude by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

100 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hanta has been compacting trash for thirty-five years. Every evening he rescues books from the jaws of his hydraulic press, carries them home, and fills his house with them. Hanta may be an idiot, as his boss calls him, but he is an idiot with a difference--the ability to quote the Talmud, Hegel, and Lao-tzu. In this baroque and winsome tale, Hrabal, celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word."--Back cover
I served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

120 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1971 in a typewritten edition, then finally printed in book form in 1989, 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
Dancing lessons for the advanced in age by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

58 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Czech novel written in one long sentence. Its protagonist is an old shoemaker who approaches several women on a beach and proceeds to regale them with stories from his life, some wise, some funny, some wicked. By the author of Closely Watched Trains
Rukověť pábitelského učně by Bohumil Hrabal( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in Czech and Undetermined and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soubor Rukovet pábitelského ucne obsahuje povídkovou tvorbu Bohumila Hrabala ze 70. let 20. století. Vesmes jde o texty psané v Kersku a Kerskem inspirované. Cást povídek vyšla na jare 1978 v nakladatelství Ceskoslovenský spisovatel pod názvem Slavnosti sneženek, stejný titul mel i pozdejší film Jirího Menzela (1983), kde Hrabal spolupracoval na scénári. Kniha pak nekolikrát vyšla a dále vychází v redakcní úprave 1. vydání. V tomto našem souboru obnovujeme puvodní autoruv zámer, v 70. letech cenzurovaný. Vracíme tehdy vynechané povídky a pridáváme prózu Družicka. Textovým východiskem je 8. sva
Czech and Slovak short stories; selected, translated, and with an introduction by Jeanne W. Nemcová by Jeanne Němcová( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The little town where time stood still ; and, Cutting it short by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

38 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the 1930s Europe is tangoing to the tune of a new age, but in rural Czechoslovakia golden-haired Maryska dances to a rhythm all her own. Not even her husband, Francin the brewery manager, can control her as Maryska shocks the populace with her scandalous behavior, and incurs the disapproval of a sheltered little town that is blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic world events that are about to engulf it. As World War II draws to a close, Maryska and her neighbors appear to have survived unscathed, but the new Communist political order creates tensions that tear through the social fabric in previously unimaginable ways. The Little Town Where Time Stood Still is Bohumil Hrabal's poignant, hilarious evocation of the passing of an era and the sweetness of love, lust, and life"--
Rambling On (paperback) : an Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab by Bohumil Hrabal( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- About the author -- 1 The St Bernard Inn -- 2 A Moonlit Night -- 3 Mr Methie -- 4 A Feral Cow -- 5 A Grand Piano Rabbit Hutch -- 6 Jumbo -- 7 Mazánek's Wonder -- 8 The Snowdrop Festival -- 9 Friends -- 10 Fining Salami -- 11 Leli -- 12 Beatrice -- 13 Lucy and Polly -- 14 The Feas -- 15 Ionic Man -- 16 Hair Like Pivarník's -- 17 The Maid of Honour -- 18 Adagio Lamentoso -- 19 An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab -- Afterword -- Translator's Notes -- Content
The death of Mr. Baltisberger by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

11 editions published between 1966 and 1990 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harlequin's millions : a fairy tale by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the writer whom Milan Kundera called Czechoslovakia's greatest contemporary writer comes a novel (now in English for the first time) peopled with eccentric, unforgettable inhabitants of a home for the elderly who reminisce about their lives and their changing country. Written with a keen eye for the absurd and sprinkled with dialogue that captures the poignancy of the everyday, this novel allows us into the mind of an elderly woman coming to terms with the passing of time. --
Postřižiny by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

61 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un coin du passé revit ici par la grâce de l'amour et de la mémoire. La voix de Maryska nous restitue une petite ville de Bohême du début des années vingt et la brasserie voisine, la malterie, le germoir, la cour où l'on grille le malt et où l'on goudronne les tonneaux. C'est aussi l'histoire du couple que forment Maryska et Francin : la jeune femme débordant de santé, fantasque, gloutonne, ne résistant jamais aux cochonnailles et à la bière, aux côtés d'un homme certes amoureux, mais délicat, timoré, soucieux de bienséance... En dépit de tout ce qui paraît immuable dans la petite ville, la vie moderne entre par maintes brèches. Francin rapporte de Prague de curieux appareils électriques, les habitants sont convoqués à l'hôtel de la grand-place pour entendre leur première émission de radio. Frappée par ce raccourcissement des distances, Maryska raccourcit d'abord sa jupe, puis les pieds de ses chaises et la queue de son chien. Mais il reste sa chevelure flamboyante, objet de sa fierté et de l'adoration de Francin. C'est le jour où elle décide de sacrifier ses cheveux pour être coiffée comme Joséphine Baker qu'éclate le véritable scandale
Inzerát na dům, ve kterém už nechci bydlet by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

56 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knížka sedmi povídek (Kafkárna, Divní lidé, Anděl, Ingot a ingoti, Zrada zrcadel, Prokopnutý buben, Krásná Poldi), o níž říká autor sám, že "je konstatováním jisté situace, která se nazývá "obdobím kultu osobnosti" "
Cutting it short ; and, the little town where time stood still by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small town in Bohemia between the two world wars, these two narratives are evocations of the passing of an age, and its effects upon a close-knit community. From the flamboyant and unpredictable Maryska, who scandalizes the town when she cuts her golden hair short, to the eccentric Uncle Pepin, who always has to have a ready supply of furniture to smash when he's angry, the author has created a range of enchanting and memorable characters
Sebrané spisy Bohumila Hrabala by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in Czech and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les palabreurs : nouvelles by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

42 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dvanáct povídek z rozmanitých prostředí a vzpomínkami prolínajících přítomnost s minulostí. Jsou namířeny k oslnění čtenáře kupením protikladných situací, nálad a překvapivým střídáním namnoze groteskně vystupňovaných dějů
Slavnosti sněženek by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

35 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soubor povídek, v nichž se autor vrací do krajiny svého mládí a s poezií, nadsázkou i groteskou přibližuje kerské polesí a zpodobuje příběhy jeho rázovitých venkovanů
Krasosmutnění by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

32 editions published between 1979 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetické vzpomínkové vyprávění o čase autorova dětství a mládí navazuje na předchozí prózu Postřižiny
Skřivánci na niti = Larks on a string( Visual )

20 editions published between 1969 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mitte der 50er Jahre. Der Schrottplatz eines Hüttenkombinats bei Kladno dient als Umerziehungslager für "bourgeoise Elemente" und Feinde des Systems. Die einstigen Werte - vom Christus am Kreuz bis zur Schreibmaschine - werden zu Maschinen für den sozialistischen Aufbau umgeschmolzen. ... Ein zwischen poetischer Gestaltung, überzeugender humaner Parteinahme und folkloristischen Momenten angelegtes filmisches Meisterwerk, das mit subtil-subversivem Humor die Fassaden von Politik und Ideologie durchlöchert. Virtuos verbinden sich bissige politische Kommentare mit warmherziger Sympathie für die Menschen." []
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Ostře sledované vlaky = Closely watched trains
Ostře sledované vlaky = Closely watched trainsToo loud a solitudeI served the King of EnglandDancing lessons for the advanced in ageThe little town where time stood still ; and, Cutting it shortHarlequin's millions : a fairy taleCutting it short ; and, the little town where time stood still
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Bohumil Hrabal 1914-1997

Bohumil Hrabal český romanopisec a spisovatel

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