"More than just a tongue- in-cheek parody of a literary memoir . . . it is a social history of the first rank . . ." --Translation Review
". . . That rare postmodern experiment which actually remembers to tell a story . . . a splendidly original achievement." --The New Yorker
"An inventive and clever parody of the coming-of-age tale . . . the result is nostalgic, agreeably sexy, and quite charming." --KirkusReviews
About the Author
Josef Hiršal 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 Ugrešic's Fording the Stream of Consciousness and Felix Roziner's A Certain Finkelmeyer have also been published by Northwestern University Press.
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An Outstanding Little NovelJuly 2 2013
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Don't be put off by the term "experimental". This novel is accessible and entertaining. The story transcends the Central European setting. If you mention this work to your friends and family, they'll think you're something of an intellectual ... but really you've just enjoyed a (short) well-written novel. Highly recommended.