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Total Fears Letters to Dubenka [Paperback]

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Item description for Total Fears Letters to Dubenka by Bohumil Hrabal, James Naughton, Stephen Bennett Phillips, C. Mercer, Yale University School of Architecture , Larry C. Spears & Ana Planella...

As Czechoslovakia's communist regime expired in 1989, Hrabal began to write after a long literary silence. He called his short individual texts lyrical reportage in the form of letters addressed to Dubenka (April Gifford), a visiting American student who became the muse of his later years. In these letters, spanning the period from 1989 to 1992, Hrabal gives us a memoir of humorous, moving, free association.

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Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Twisted Spoon Press
ISBN  8090217192  
ISBN13  9788090217195  

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More About Bohumil Hrabal, James Naughton, Stephen Bennett Phillips, C. Mercer, Yale University School of Architecture , Larry C. Spears & Ana Planella

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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".

Bohumil Hrabal was born in 1914 and died in 1997.

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Hrabal was the Czech Bukowski  Jun 1, 2006
Both men loved cats and drank "too much." Enough said? No? OK...
Both wrote with great sensitivity and insight. And imagination.
Both invoked Dylan Thomas and what fame did to him (DT).
Both feared fame, celebrity, and the machinations of exploitative institutions.
Both had a great sense of humor and stumbled drunk through airports.
Both had a weak spot for love and twisted on its skewer.

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One of Hrabal's Best!  Apr 13, 2002
Total Fears takes the form of a series of letters to an American student before and during the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia. It is equal parts a love story, a personal memoir, and aching commentary on the fears Hrabal felt during the Communist regime as both a writer suppressed by the regime and fueled by it. Hrabal, a man of afterthoughts, writes his letters much as he does in his other works, in streams of consciousness. He moves from one topic to the next and then beautifully intertwines them. Though this book does not follow a traditional plot, it is traditional Hrabal, and moves the reader to see the extraordinary in history, love, and the conflict every one of us faces inside. I was truly moved by the book. While I do not consider it to be at the level of Too Loud A Solitude, perhaps Hrabal's most successful work, it is one of the warmest books I have read in quite some time. I highly recommend it!
Total Fears  Dec 16, 1999
i stumbeled over this book in spring this year and i m still reading it (10 months!) though its not a very thick book. i read it very slowly that i can enjoy it for another while. its a wondrous book, very real very poetic far from kitch. i barely use the word beautiful, but in that case i may. besides, the cover is great art. i warmly recommend it.

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