By Josef Hirsal
Winner of the 1998 PEN heart united states West Award for translation
Josef Hirsal's experimental novel is a Dada-like romp in the course of the lifetime of a tender guy born right into a Bohemian peasant kin. informed in 5 elements, A Bohemian adolescence starts off with a observe to the clever, strikes directly to the textual content, maintains with notes and with notes to the notice, and ends with a notice at the notes to the notes.
More than simply a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian early life is a glimpse of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic as obvious in the course of the eyes of a tender peasant from the provinces. Abounding in intimate details--the manners of a servant woman, the conduct of the city gay, the sounds of renowned track; the way in which humans devour in wartime--Hirsal's novel is a wrenching and hilarious story of a tender man's emotional and sexual awakening.
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You will come, wont you? I don’t want to be disappointed the way I was last time. Christmas would lose all its charm for me. For the time being I’m thinking only as far as the holidays, not beyond. Thank you so much for the card dated the 14th, it came today, but the letter you mention in it hasn’t come yet. The same holds for your letter o f the 2nd, which leads me to believe it won’t come at all. Where could it be I wonder? I’ve got some stationery ready for you, I’ll enclose it in tomorrow’s letter.
When he was dismissed, however, Karla Houzvickova, a teacher and member of the District Council, tore up many of the pages he had written. Unfor tunately, they included the return of the Legionnaires in 1920. 2. When forced for pecuniary reasons to give up drinking, he would lose all control and become unreason ably vindictive. He was also caught stealing a quarter-kilo ofbutter. 1. They had had a run-in at the Basnice railway sta tion in 1924. They were on their way to see a Mr. Kubista, sugar executive and owner of house number 7 in Chomu tice, which he had put up for sale.
J. Erbens famous fairy-tale collection. 6. a. Auwi), a son of Wilhelm II. He was known for his close connection with the leaders of the NSDAP, the National Socialist German Workers Party. 1. To throw off enemy reconnaissance patrols, band members were detailed to the construction of fake treelined paths, which also served as roadblocks. Father brought home a pair of scissors designed to cut through barbed wire. The handle had an odd shape to it; it made me think of a bird of prey. 2. Father never got over the fact that instead of wear ing their helmets (which his comrades in arms called “bomb hats”) they had worked in their forage caps.