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Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka

Total Fears Selected Letters to Dubenka In these letters written to April Gifford between and but never sent Bohumil Hrabal chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen often than not from the windows of his

  • Title: Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka
  • Author: Bohumil Hrabal James Naughton
  • ISBN: 9788090217195
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • In these letters written to April Gifford between 1989 and 1991 but never sent, Bohumil Hrabal 1914 1997 chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen, 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 tIn these letters written to April Gifford between 1989 and 1991 but never sent, Bohumil Hrabal 1914 1997 chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen, 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 1989 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.

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      Born in Brno idenice, Moravia, he lived briefly in Poln , but was raised in the Nymburk brewery as the manager s stepson Hrabal received a Law degree from Prague s Charles University, and lived in the city from the late 1940s on.He worked as a manual laborer alongside Vladim r Boudn k in the Kladno ironworks in the 1950s, an experience which inspired the hyper realist texts he was writing at the time His best known novels were Closely Watched Trains 1965 and I Served the King of England In 1965 he bought a cottage in Kersko, which he used to visit till the end of his life, and where he kept cats ko enky He was a great storyteller his popular pub was At the Golden Tiger U zlat ho tygra on Husova Street in Prague, where he met the Czech President V clav Havel, the American President Bill Clinton and the then US ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright on January 11th, 1994.Several of his works were not published in Czechoslovakia due to the objections of the authorities, including The Little Town Where Time Stood Still M ste ko, kde se zastavil as and I Served the King of England Obsluhoval jsem anglick ho kr le.He died when he fell from a fifth floor hospital where he was apparently trying to feed pigeons It was noted that Hrabal lived on the fifth floor of his apartment building and that suicides by leaping from a fifth floor window were mentioned in several of his books.He was buried in a family grave in the cemetery in Hradi tko In the same grave his mother Mary ka , step father Francin , uncle Pepin , wife Pipsi and brother Sl vek were buried.He wrote with an expressive, highly visual style, often using long sentences in fact his work Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age 1964 Tane n hodiny pro star a pokro il is made up of just one sentence Many of Hrabal s characters are portrayed as wise fools simpletons with occasional or inadvertent profound thoughts who are also given to coarse humour, lewdness, and a determination to survive and enjoy oneself despite harsh circumstances Political quandaries and their concomitant moral ambiguities are also a recurrent theme.Along with Jaroslav Ha ek, Karel apek and Milan Kundera who were also imaginative and amusing satirists he is considered one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century His works have been translated into 27 languages.

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    1. It's 1989. Bohumil Hrabal is old. He writes letters to a young American named April, called Dubenka, a young woman fascinated with Bohemian (capital B) culture and his writing, which he thinks is mostly in the past.He writes about aging, about the grief over his dead wife, about the kittens he takes care of.He writes – extensively – about the concept of killing yourself by jumping out of a fifth floor window. (Defenestration, after all, is a genuinely Pragueish concept.)He writes about hangi [...]


    2. I love Hrabal, and this book of never-sent letters is stunning, heart-breaking, elegiac, suicidal, drunken all at once.


    3. کاش کسی توو یه جایی از دنیا نشسته بود و همچین نامه هایی به من می نوشت. نامه هایی که هیچ وقت به دستم نمی رسید و یه روزی توو یه کتاب فروشی ای تیترش رو می خونمد که نامه هایی به آوا. جدا از این فکر می کنم که خیلی از ما ها همچین کاری می کنیم. با کسی ، چیزی ، مخاطبی توو یه گوشه ای از دنیا از [...]


    4. بهومیل هرابال نویسنده‌ی دوست داشتنی من ‌یک پیرمردِ خاطره بازِ و خوش سخن و ترسو و عاشق حیوانات به خصوص بچه گربه‌هاست دیگه چی؟ همین کافیه تا من دیوانه وار از یک انسان خوشم بیاد. علاوه بر شخصیت دوست داشتنی هرابال توصیفاتش از جامعه توتالیته اون زمان‌های چک و تاثیرش در زندگی نوی [...]


    5. These never sent letters end up being an autobiography never told to Hrabal's friend April from the 'Delighted States.' Both sad and beautiful, Hrabal comes off as one of the characters in his novels, which means that this collection of letters is more entertaining than your average -or even your better collections of letters. Told in his flowing meter and grandfatherly way, Hrabal recalls his botched trip to the states, his driving around London trying to follow the narrative of T.S. Eliot's 'T [...]


    6. Read it and finally finished the translation and handed it to the publisher!!! crossing fingers for it to get permission for publication!Amazing humor amidst all the bitter realities he brings forth. Hrabal seems so cold and yet so emotional, so bitter and yet so funny, and the way he moves from serious matters into banal issues, into pure nonsense and comes back, the way he takes you along with himEye opening, with all the similarities one can find in his and other artists' situation in the tim [...]


    7. It would be difficult to be a Central European writer in the twentieth century and write in disregard of history as it continuously unfolds around you. For most of the great literature that has been written about the wars that tore Europe apart and the regimes that subjugated all those proud European peoples to all of those well-documented horrors, the main goal has been to somehow be able to convey the unspeakable tragedies that transpired, to spell it all out and relate it life-size, so as we [...]


    8. I needed something to take with me to the beach, as I was just finishing re-reading THE WAY WE LIVE NOW, so I picked up this cheery tome of epistlatory essays written preceding and during the Velvet Revolution, the end of Soviet hegemony in Czechoslovakia during the late 1980's. Wonderful stuff, full of dread and deep humor, especially those pieces describing Bohumil's speaking engagements in the US and the UK.Unfortunately, half way through the book I set it down on or near the buy counter at w [...]


    9. One of the saddest books I̕ve ever read, the memoir of an old drunk who happened to be a great writer. It̕s the liveliest extremely sad book I̕ve ever read. It̕s a mishmash of memories of a long, eventful life, literary and otherwise. There's nothing like it.



    10. Totul în "Scrisori către Dubenka" are gust de bere, începând cu Revoluţia de catifea, mişcările studenţeşti, tumultul trăirilor, zborul porumbeilor alungaţi din pieţe, şi continuând cu amărăciunea răzleaţă a gândurilor lui Hrabal. Gândurile lui Hrabal sunt ca argintul viu, acum îţi pune sub priviri o “negresă care stătea într-o cabină luminată, negresa era aşa de grasă, încât cabina parcă stătea pe ea ca un palton gros de iarnă…”, ca mai apoi să sară la [...]


    11. I picked to read this b/c we were traveling to the Czech Republic and I wanted to read something really Czech. Hrabal fits the bill. Not only that, but while we were there the Germans were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (11/9/89), and this book covers the same period of time, the Velvet Revolution in CZ, in a series of letter/memoirs. Not as charming as some of his other works, but contains some nice rambles.


    12. This is part memoir, part epistolary novel, all writerly: Hrabal was one of the great voices of 20th century fiction and in this memoir of sorts he explores the significance of writing, the perils of growing old, the poltiics of literature in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia, and being married. Lovely, haunting, and worth revisiting.


    13. The old man had a spirit up until he passed. He found life & inspiration in the revolution. Fun read for any fan of his & Czech Lit. Recommend "Closely Observed Trains" or "I Served The King of England" first.


    14. Wonderful letters about all sorts of things. Redolent with erudition and the distilled experience of a lifetime of living under repression these letters are a thing of beauty. What can you say about a man who goes to London to look up all the references in "The Waste Land?





    15. شرح حالى از زبان خود هرابال بر ترس ها و افسوس هايش در قالب نامه هايي به يك دختر جوان در زمانيكه همسر خود را از دست داده و در تنهايي است.


    16. One of my very favorite writers. Archipelago Books will have something new from him April 2014, can't wait.


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