Emil Hakl

Rules of Ridiculous Behaviour

Trans. Mats Larsson
Regler för löjligt uppförande
Regler för löjligt uppförande
Aspekt, 2016, 87 pp
Language: Swedish
Genre: Prose
ISBN: 9789197910071
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Emil Hakl’s novel freely draws on the author’s most successful work to date – O rodičích a dětech (Of Kids & Parents). The narrator recounts the private chronicles of his life in three stories. Firstly, he tries out paragliding with two rather whimsical strangers and ends up confronting his own past in a state of helpless suspension.

The most compelling, unadulterated nexus of this trilogy arrives with bidding farewell to his father and the father‘s subsequent death. Towards the end of the story, the narrator embarks on a journey to the Danube Delta, a figurative attempt at self-discovery. Even in the most dismal situation, Hakl’s hero manages to keep calm employing language and his own memory with a bravado not dissimilar to that of Hrabal’s Hanta. He is modern, and thus rougher when asserting through his self-ironic comments and metaphors, what both losers and winners strive to achieve, namely: show off their tattered tin hens, their own lives, pull the key and observe how they peck…

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Other selected published translations (3)

Kerkhof aan zee Dutch

Regeln des lächerlichen Benehmens German

Zasady śmiesznego zachowania Polish

Language: Swedish
Title: Regler för löjligt uppförande
Place: Sweden
Publisher: Aspekt
Year: 2016
Pages: 87
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Argo publishers
Grants