Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9788024632865 Will Publish December 2016 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9788024623160 Published April 2014 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

Rambling On

An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab

Bohumil Hrabal

Rambling On

Bohumil Hrabal

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by David Short
352 pages | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9788024632865 Will Publish December 2016 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9788024623160 Published April 2014 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
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 Čapek, 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.
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
 
Afterword
 
Translator’s Notes
Review Quotes
Meghan Forbes | Los Angeles Review of Books
"An excellent introduction to the great Czech writer, in both content and form: the book is beautifully bound into a cloth cover and features an impressive number of collages by Jirí Grus that illustrate magnificently the whimsy of Hrabal’s prose. The book is a delight to hold and to read."
Parul Sehgal | New York Times Book Review
“One of the great prose stylists of the twentieth century; the scourge of state censors; the gregarious bar hound and lover of gossip, beer, cats and women (in roughly that order). . . . In Hrabal’s work beauty, pity, sorrow and high silliness come tightly braided.”
Charles Simic | New York Review of Books
“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.”
World Literature Today
"Beautifully illustrated. . . . The stories humorously portray the surreal surroundings of a miniscule mountain community in the midst of a totalitarian regime, creating an exquisite fusion of calamity and comedy."
Mookse and Gripes
"The characters . . . ah, these creations are wonderful. . .  . The stories are funny and often frivolous, but they also take on a serious and bittersweet tone when broken dreams of what might have been come into play. . . . This collection would be an excellent starting point for a reader wanting an introduction to Hrabal's writing. Very highly recommended."
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