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 during the lifetime of a tender guy born right into a Bohemian peasant kinfolk. instructed in 5 elements, A Bohemian early life starts off with a notice 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 visible in the course of the eyes of a tender peasant from the provinces. Abounding in intimate details--the manners of a servant woman, the behavior of town gay, the sounds of well known tune; the best way humans consume in wartime--Hirsal's novel is a wrenching and hilarious story of a tender man's emotional and sexual awakening.
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He became quite well known himself and spent part of his professional life in Russia.
3 The section of it that came to us was quite small, but it had a pond and was rich in mushrooms. 32. 1 33. It was a profession in which he made quite a name for himself. Bandmasters from far and wide in vited him to play with them: Fisera from Novy Bydzov, Sperk from Stare Smrkovice, Ort from Stary Bydzov, Koubek from Vysoke Veseli, Rulf from Lazne Belohrad, etc. 3 Karel Vacek himself came to see us several times and played trumpet-flugelhorn duets with Father. 34. A late Baroque church dating from the end of the eighteenth century, it was noteworthy for the cu rious echo beneath the chandelier and for the fresco adorning the cupola.
My great-grandmother was disowned by her family and thrown out of the house before the child was born. She was delivered in a manger like the Virgin Mary. She tried hiring herself out as a seasonal worker, but had trouble finding employment with a babe in arms. 4. Vacek, the schoolmaster there, took her in, and she lived with his family until she finished school. 5. Grandmother enjoyed talking about Jewish rituals: the kosher butchering, the prayers, the celebration of the sabbath and other holidays she experienced at the Khans’.