Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide To The Gift Of The Gab by Bohumil HrabalRambling On: An Apprentice's Guide To The Gift Of The Gab by Bohumil Hrabal

Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide To The Gift Of The Gab

byBohumil HrabalTranslated byDavid ShortAfterword byVáclev Kadlec

Paperback | January 15, 2017

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Novelist Bohumil Hrabal was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and he spent decades working at a variety of laboring jobs before turning to writing in his late forties. From that point, he quickly made his mark on the Czech literary scene; by the time of his death he was ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Capek, and Milan Kundera as among the nation’s greatest twentieth-century writers. Hrabal’s fiction blends tragedy with humor and explores the anguish of intellectuals and ordinary people alike from a slightly surreal perspective. His work ranges from novels and poems to film scripts and essays. Rambling On is a collection of stories set in Hrabal’s Kersko. Several of the stories were written before the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague but had to be reworked when they were rejected by Communist censorship during the 1970s. This edition features the original, uncensored versions of those stories.
Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) was a celebrated Czech writer whose books include Closely Watched Trains, which was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film, I Served the King of England, and Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp. A retired teacher of Czech and Slovak, David Short has increasingly worked as a translator. He is the author of a popul...
Title:Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide To The Gift Of The GabFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8024632861

ISBN - 13:9788024632865


Table of Contents

1 The St. Bernard Inn
2 A Moonlit Night
3 Mr. Methie
4 A Feral Cow
5 A Grand Piano Rabbit Hutch
6 Jumbo
7 Mazánek's Wonder
8 The Snowdrop Festival
9 Friends
10 Fining Salami
11 Leli
12 Beatrice
13 Lucy and Polly
14 The Feast
15 Ionic Man
16 Hair Like Pivarník's
17 The Maid of Honour
18 Adagio Lamentoso
19 An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab
Translator's Notes

Editorial Reviews

“Hrabal is not only a consistently entertaining storyteller, but some of his novels and stories are comic masterpieces that I wouldn’t advise bringing on planes or to doctors’ waiting rooms, where those overhearing your cackling may get the wrong idea and summon someone in authority to intervene. Serious works of literature that make us laugh uncontrollably are rare. When one remembers that Hrabal lived in a country and at a time in European history when there was absolutely nothing to laugh about, one’s amazement at what he accomplished is even greater.”