Total Fears

Total Fears : Selected Letters to Dubenka

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In these letters written to April Gifford (Dubenka) between 1989 and 1991 but never sent, Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen, more often than not, from the windows of his favorite pubs. In his palavering, stream-of-conscious style that has marked him as one of the major writers and innovators of postwar European literature, Hrabal gives a humorous and at times moving account of life in Prague under Nazi occupation, Communism, and the brief euphoria following the revolution of 1989 when anything seemed possible, even pink tanks. Interspersed are fragmented memories of trips taken to Britain as he attempted to track down every location mentioned in Eliot s The Waste Land and the United States, where he ends up in one of Dylan Thomas s haunts comparing the waitresses to ones he knew in Prague. The result is a masterful blend of personal history and fee association rendered in a prose as powerful as it is poetic.."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 140 x 200 x 12.7mm | 280g
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • English
  • 8090217192
  • 9788090217195
  • 489,625

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In Total Fears, Hrabal glancingly commends Freud's writing about comedy and jokes, and calls it "typically Central European, and especially typical of Prague." [...] This is blocked humour about blocked people. Hrabal, in Freud's terms, is a great humorist. London Review of Books"
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