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Product Details

  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; Translated edition (Dec 29 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810115921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810115927
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,479,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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." --Kirkus Reviews

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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, the novel begins with a "word to the wise", moves on to the text proper, continues with notes and with notes to the notes, and ends with a note on the notes to the notes. More than just a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, however, A Bohemian Youth is social history of the first rank: it is a glimpse of the First Czechoslovak Republic as seen through the eyes of a young peasant firmly grounded in the provinces. It abounds in the kind of intimate detail not found in history books - the manners of a Slovak servant girl; the mores of the town's homosexual; the sounds of popular music; the way people eat in wartime. At the same time, A Bohemian Youth is a wrenching and hilarious tale of its hero's emotional and sexual awakening.

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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.

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