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Of Kids & Parents [Paperback]

Emil Hakl , Marek Tomin

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Sept. 15 2008
In Europe, taking a walk is a cultural phenomenon having an almost mystical import. It connects physical activity with meditation, silence within amid the tumult without. Taking its cue both from Joyce's Ulysses and Hrabal's stream of anecdote, Of Kids & Parents is about a father and son taking a walk through Prague, over the course of which, and in the pubs and bars they stop into, their personal lives are revealed as entwined with the past sixty years of upheaval in their corner of Europe. One's small history is inseparable from the large History that is played out on the world's stage: families are uprooted, relationships fail, and still life goes on as it always does. Hakl's genius is his ability to mesh the two into a seamless flow of dialogue. As the father tells his son: "Nothing's been new in this world for more than two billion years, it's all just variations on the same theme of carbon, hydrogen, helium, and nitrogen." The point being that even though Prague over the course of a century has experienced monarchy, democracy, fascism, communism, and democratic capitalism once again, as wars, putsches, and revolutions have come and gone, what really has changed? The novel was awarded the Magnesia Litera Book of the Year in 2002 and is currently being made into a feature film due for release in 2008.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Spoon Press (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8086264300
  • ISBN-13: 978-8086264301
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This virile sentimentality is quite exceptional in contemporary art and is ultimately the real core of Hakl's writing, though at first glance it might seem that this core has been fragmented into anecdotes." -- Jiri Penas, Tyden

"To my mind, Emil Hakl is one of the more interesting Czech writers today." -- Jan Culik, Britska listy

About the Author

Emil Hakl was born in Prague in 1958. A graduate of the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatorium, he worked at a number of manual-labor jobs under the communist regime. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency, after which he devoted himself to literature, publishing a volume of poetry, three novels, and two collections of short stories since, as well as regularly contributing reviews and essays to all the main literary publications. Hakl's work has started to appear in anthologies and magazines in English, German, and French, including Decapolis: Tales from 10 Cities.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Czech Jan. 30 2011
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A very interesting dialogue between a father and son as they meander through Prague and memories mainly political, aeronautical, and personal. Witty, insightful, poignant, its appeal still may be mainly to those who cherich Middle European litereature and, in particular, Czech humor. An easy read for a long plane ride.

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