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A Behemian Youth

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Winner, 1998 PEN Center USA West Award for Translation

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, A Bohemian Youth begins with a word to the wise, moves on to the text, continues with notes and with notes to the note, and ends with a note on the notes to the notes.

More than just a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian Youth is a glimpse of the First Czechoslovak Republic as seen through the eyes of a young peasant from the provinces. Abounding in intimate details--the manners of a servant girl, the habits of the town homosexual, the sounds of popular music; the way people eat in wartime--Hirsal's novel is a wrenching and hilarious tale of a young man's emotional and sexual awakening.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810115927
Translator:
Heim, Michael Henry
Author:
Heim, Michael Henry
Author:
Hirsal, Josef
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Eastern European
Subject:
Czech literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
Translated
Edition Description:
Translated Paperback
Series:
Writings from an Unbound Europe Paperback
Publication Date:
19971231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
85
Dimensions:
8 x 4.75 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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