Working Knowledge by Petr Kral
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Working Knowledge
By Petr Kral

Working Knowledge

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Working Knowledge by Petr Kral

Book Description

Over the course of one hundred brief and evanescent texts, Kral brings together, as his compatriot Milan Kundera writes in his introduction, "this strange and beautiful existential encyclopaedia of the everyday". Whether describing twilight, a toothpick, the ritual of shaving or the act of going upstairs, his gaze is ingenuous, humble, and amazed. Mute objects, fleeting gestures, changeless passions: Kral forces us to look at them anew. Each limpid, graceful essay is a brief voyage of discovery in which lowly objects and everyday actions, so often unobserved, are transfigured. Petr Kral has the unerring ability to perceive, to catch the commonplace by surprise and with the unsettling clarity see beyond the everyday to the fabric of life beneath.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781901285734
ISBN-10: 1901285731
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Petr Kral

Petr Kral, born in Prague in 1941, was a leading member of the Czech surrealist movement, studied cinema and moved to Paris in 1968. A poet, essayist and screenwriter, he has lived in Prague since 2006. His books Working Knowledge (2008) and In Search of the Essence of Place (2012) are also published by Pushkin Press.

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