Bohumil Hrabal

Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab

Trans. David Short
Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab
Karolinum Press, 2014, 352 pp
Language: English
Genre: Prose

Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) has been ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Čapek, 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 English translation features the original, uncensored versions.

Language: English
Place: Praha
Publisher: Karolinum Press
Year: 2014
Pages: 352
Genre: Prose