Too Loud a Solitude
By (author) Bohumil Hrabal
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Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Book DescriptionTOO LOUD A SOLITUDE is a tender and funny story of Hant'a - a man who has lived in a Czech police state - for 35 years, working as compactor of wastepaper and books. In the process of compacting, he has acquired an education so unwitting he can't quite tell which of his thoughts are his own and which come from his books. He has rescued many from jaws of hydraulic press and now his house is filled to the rooftops. Destroyer of the written word, he is also its perpetuator. But when a new automatic press makes his job redundant there's only one thing he can do - go down with his ship. This is an eccentric romp celebrating the indestructability- against censorship, political opression etc - of the written word.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349102627
(198mm x 134mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 27-May-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bohumil Hrabal
Mr Kafka, Paperback (March 2016)
Mr Kafka is avoiding his landlady's blueberry wine breath, a stonemason witnesses the destruction of a monument to Stalin, and factory men strain to catch a glimpse of a beautiful bathing murderess. This title tells stories that capture men and women in an eerily beautiful nightmare and their spirit in all its misery and splendour.
Mr. Kafka, Paperback (November 2015)View all books by Bohumil Hrabal
Wonderful stories of Communist Prague by "the masterly Bohumil Hrabal" (The New Yorker)
US Kirkus Review » From Czech writer Hrabal (Closely Watched Trains; the irrepressible and serio-comic I Served the King of England): another melancholy but movingly buoyant tale about life under communism, this time in a charming, intelligent, and slim little (ca. 80-page) allegory about a man and books. For 35 years, without holidays, narrator Hanta has labored in a cellar room in Prague, compacting tons of the nation's wastepaper and forming it into bales to be hauled off for recycling. And for those same 35 years, Hanta has not only lovingly saved whatever books and artworks have turned up in the huge loads of trash (his bedroom is crowded with them, groaning dangerously under their weight), but he has also been unable to keep himself from reading them: with the result that while's he's merely an uneducated garbage-man, he's also a walking repository of learning from Erasmus to Kant, Nietzsche to Lao-tse, Plato and Seneca to Lindbergh and Jackson Pollock. Symbols fly every which way as the bedraggled and begrimed Hanta - often bloodied top to toe from handling vast loads of used butcher's-paper - meditates upon the meaning of his archival work under the ancient foundations of Prague, himself becoming a philosophic artist, carefully fashioning masterworks of compacted trash, "making up wastepaper bales, a classic philosopher in the heart of each bale." But the message here - about the doomed attempt to prevent a culture from destroying its own soul - never itself becomes for a moment programmatic, rigid, or lifeless: pathos and a symbol-enriched hilarity accompany Hanta's memories of his youth, of the deaths of his mother and of his uncle - and particularly of his ineffably touching love affair with a young gypsy girl who is destroyed by the Nazis. Hrabal's robust and sensitive inventiveness draws on masters of satire from Voltaire to Kafka to Beckett in a cry from the heart as culturally timely now as ever. Small, deft, moving: simply quite wonderful. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Bohumil Hrabal
Bohumil Hrabal was born in 1914 in Brno-Zidenice, Czecholovakia. He died in 1995.
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