By Josef Hirsal
Winner of the 1998 PEN middle 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 kinfolk. advised 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 word, and ends with a be aware at the notes to the notes.
More than simply a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian adolescence 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 lady, the conduct of the city gay, the sounds of well known song; the best way 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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Jaroslav Hasek mentions it in The Good Soldier Svejk (“The Hungarian breweries in Sopron and in Gross-Kanisza bought from my firm for their export beer, which they exported as far as Alexandria, an average of a thousand sacks of hops a year” [London: Penguin Books, 1974, p. 188]), as does Bohumil Hrabal in Dancing Lessonsfor the Advanced in Age (“so I switched from shoemaking to brew ing and trained as a maltster and set off on a tour of Hun gary, oh what a brewery they have in Sopron! bright red with white trimming and green windows, Tyrol style, nothing but white tile inside, and nice little ladders at every window so in case of fire the firemen can climb up and down like the monkeys in Dresden” [New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995, pp.
26 June. Played in Grigno for the men who fell in the most recent battles. Slightly queasy all day. Hadinec brought a letter from Anezka and two from Mama. Some artillery fire at the front. 4. In Czech the German word came out orlab. Urlaub/ orldb—that is, “leave” —was usually granted for Christmas and for work in the fields, especially at harvest time. Father happened to be on agricultural leave at the end of August 1918. A leave tended to be two to three weeks long, and the soldier’s local police station was informed of the date he was due back to make sure he did not overstay it.
He said he was going to the Kubrns’ pub in Noreturn. That means the Macheks’ in Bonfire is next. ” Grandfather tempered his sprees with snuff. He was a non smoker. 7. He drank while he worked as well. He had the stone for the central monument in the new Chomutice cemetery delivered to the courtyard of the Antoses’ pub under the pretext that there wouldn’t have been room enough at home. The monument is still standing. It con sists of a Christ on the cross and the following verse: O earth, dear earth, the end to worldly fame!
A Bohemian Youth (Writings from an Unbound Europe) by Josef Hirsal