Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka

Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka

Bohumil Hrabal


In those letters written to April Gifford (Dubenka) among 1989 and 1991 yet by no means despatched, Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97) chronicles the momentous occasions of these years as noticeable, often, from the home windows of his favourite pubs. In his palavering, stream-of-conscious variety that has marked him as one of many significant writers and innovators of postwar eu literature, Hrabal offers a funny and every now and then relocating account of lifestyles in Prague less than Nazi profession, Communism, and the short euphoria following the revolution of 1989 whilst whatever appeared attainable, even purple tanks. Interspersed are fragmented stories of journeys taken to Britain — as he tried to trace down each position pointed out in Eliot’s “The Waste Land” — and the USA, the place he leads to certainly one of Dylan Thomas’s haunts evaluating the waitresses to ones he knew in Prague. the result's a masterful mixture of private background and cost organization rendered in a prose as strong because it is poetic.

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