Working Knowledge Paperback – Jan 1 2008
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"It is our blindness, existential blindness which makes the world around us so mysterious. In his discreet way, Petr Král lifts the veil." - Milan Kundera
"With Král’s virtuosic ability to get at the meat of a thing [...] we’re treated to a sober and bittersweet and painfully observant volume." - Jeff Waxman, Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Elegant and incisive meditations [...] Král hints at the metaphysical ramifications of whatever he comes across." - John Taylor, Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Petr Král, born in Prague in 1941, was a leading member of the Czech surrealist movement, studied cinema and moved to Paris in 1968. A poet, essayist and screenwriter, he has lived in Prague since 2006. His books Working Knowledge (2008) and In Search of the Essence of Place (2012) are also published by Pushkin Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The translator deserves praise for his work on this little book. Prose like Kral's, which uses common language and common constructions but enfolds layers of meaning, is hard to capture in a translation but Wynne has done an exceptional job of it.
secondly he has over analysed and in so doing killed beauty."you pretend to know "said celine to miller"and this what kills the world"he has become a collector of encyclopedic inanity.his truths dont spring spontaneously to mind but are laboured and murdered in their detail.
i expected an opening into an inner life rich beyond mundane place and circumstance,but instead found a litany of forced associations about outward things it wouldnt of hurt us to reamain ignorant of.i believe
meaning should spring incidently as part of legitimate storyline.its just a question of focus.