Item description for Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp: An Interview-Novel with Questions Asked and Answers Recorded by Laszlo Szigeti by Bohumil Hrabal & David Short...
Novelist Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia and 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 his death he was ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Capek, and Milan Kundera as among the nation's greatest twentieth-century writers. Known for writing about political questions with humor and vivid expressiveness, Hrabal also was given to experimentation—his early novel Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, for example, consists of a single extended sentence. Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp carried Hrabal's experimentation to the field of autobiography. On its surface a verbatim record of an oral interview conducted by Hungarian journalist László Szigeti, the book confuses and confounds with false starts, digressions, and philosophical asides. Yet despite all the games and distractions, Hrabal's personality shines through, compelling and unforgettable, making Pirouette on a Postage Stamp an unexpected treat for any lover of Czech literature.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Karolinum Press, Charles University
ISBN 8024614472 ISBN13 9788024614472
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More About Bohumil Hrabal & David Short
Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97) was a celebrated Czech writer whose books include "Closely Watched Trains", which was adapted into a film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film in 1967, "I Served the King of England", and "Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp".
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Novel? Mar 17, 2008
It is hard to see why this is subtitled "An Interview-Novel..." It is definitely an interview--an extensive and interesting one at that. Perhaps it is partially "fiction" if some of his answers are not true to the facts--I'm in no position to say. But it has no feeling of being a novel or any kind of story really. The charm of Hrabal's novels is nowhere evident.