Bohumil Hrabal

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 40s. 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 20th-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.


ARTICLES FEATURING BOHUMIL

Cult Classic

Bohumil Hrabal's short stories capture his shift toward total realism, and the moments of beauty against the stark contrast of the communist regime....


Hrabalesque: A Guide to Rambling On

Meghan Forbes offers a concise guide to Hrabalesque, the gift of the gab, and perfecting the art of the barroom story in the short fiction of the great Czech author Bohumil Hrabal....

Hrabalesque: A Guide to Rambling On


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