I Served The King Of England

byBOHUMIL HRABALTranslated byPaul Wilson

May 31, 2007|
I Served The King Of England by BOHUMIL HRABAL
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First published in 1971 in a typewritten edition, then finally printed in book form in 1989, I Served the King of England is an extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel" ( The New York Times ), telling the tale of Ditie, a hugely ambitious but simple waiter in a deluxe Prague hotel in the years before World War II. Ditie is called upon to serve not the King of England, but Haile Selassie. It is one of the great moments in his life. Eventually, he falls in love with a Nazi woman athlete as the Germans are invading Czechoslovakia. After the war, through the sale of valuable stamps confiscated from the Jews, he reaches the heights of his ambition, building a hotel. He becomes a millionaire, but with the institution of communism, he loses everything and is sent to inspect mountain roads. Living in dreary circumstances, Ditie comes to terms with the inevitability of his death, and with his place in history. "
Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) was born in Moravia. He is the author of such classics as Closely Watched Trains (made into an Academy-Award winning film by Jiri Menzel), The Death of Mr. Baltisberger, I Served the King of England, and Too Loud a Solitude . He fell to his death from the fifth floor of a Prague hospital, apparently trying t...
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Title:I Served The King Of EnglandFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5.3 X 0.8 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5.3 X 0.8 inPublished:31 mai 2007Publisher:New Directions PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081121687X

ISBN - 13:9780811216876

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