A Bohemian Youth (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

A Bohemian Youth (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

By: Josef Hirsal (author), Michael Henry Heim (translator)Paperback

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Winner, 1998 PEN Center USA West Award for Translation Josef Hirsal's experimental novel is a Dada-like romp through the life of a young man born into a Bohemian peasant family. Told in five parts, A Bohemian Youth begins with a word to the wise, moves on to the text, continues with notes and with notes to the note, and ends with a note on the notes to the notes. More than just a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian Youth is a glimpse of the First Czechoslovak Republic as seen through the eyes of a young peasant from the provinces. Abounding in intimate details--the manners of a servant girl, the habits of the town homosexual, the sounds of popular music; the way people eat in wartime--Hirsal's novel is a wrenching and hilarious tale of a young man's emotional and sexual awakening.

About Author

Josef Hirsal was born in 1920 in Chomuticky in northeastern Bohemia. He became known in the 1960s as a poet and translator and was blacklisted after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He now lives in Prague. Michael Henry Heim was a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at UCLA. His translations of Dubravka Ugresic's Fording the Stream of Consciousness and Felix Roziner's A Certain Finkelmeyer have also been published by Northwestern University Press.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810115927
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 81
  • ID: 9780810115927
  • ISBN10: 0810115921
  • translations: Czech

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