> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241290224
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $14.99
Categories:

Closely Watched Trains




A classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism from one of the best Czech writers

A classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism from one of the best Czech writers
For twenty-two-year-old Milos, bumbling apprentice at a sleepy Czech railway station, life is full of worries: his burdensome virginity, his love for the pretty conductor Masha, the scandalous goings-on in the station master's office. Beside them, the part he will come to play against the occupying Germans seems a simple affair, in Bohumil Hrabal's touching, absurd masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism.
Closely Watched Trains, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Prague Spring', is a masterpiece that fully justifies Hrabal's reputation as one of the best Czech writers of the twentieth century.

  • Pub date: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241290224
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Bohumil Hrabal

Bohumil Hrabal was born in 1914 in Brno-Zidenice, Moravia. He received a degree in Law from Prague's Charles University, and lived in Prague since the late 1940s. In the 1950s he worked as a manual laborer in the Kladno ironworks, from which he drew inspiration for his "hyper-realist" texts he was writing at that time. He won international acclaim for such books as I Served the King of England and Too Loud a Solitude. Hrabal is considered, along with Jaroslav Hasek and Karel Capek, as one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century, and perhaps the most important in the post-war period. In February 1997 he flew out of his hospital window never to return.

Also by Bohumil Hrabal

See all

Praise for Closely Watched Trains

“A superb writer . . . with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail”

Julian Barnes

“To my mind, one of the greatest European prose writers”

Philip Roth

“What is unique about Hrabal is his capacity for joy”

Milan Kundera


Related titles