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Inspired by “Mrs. Tolstoy and Mrs. Dostoevsky, whose biographies about their husbands have now been published in Prague,” Bohumil Hrabal decided to produce his own autobiographical work, ostensibly fiction, from his wife’s point of view. He would write, he said, “not a putdown about myself, but a little bit of how it all was, that marriage of ours, with myself as a jewel a ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 13th 2007 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1986)
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Gabriele
Sep 14, 2015 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho iniziato questo libro sul treno che da Vienna mi avrebbe portato a Praga, la stessa Praga in cui Hrabal, fino a non più di un ventennio fa, ambientava e viveva, quasi fossero tutte vicende biografiche, i suoi libri. E in quelle quattro ore - ci voglion quasi quattro ore per raggiungere Praga via treno - si passa fra paesini di cui difficilmente sentiremmo parlare: Bezpráví, Kostenice, Dlouha, Ústí nad Orlicí, Záborí, Pardubice, Ceská Trebová, ..., e ognuno di questi paesini sembra un po' emer ...more
Spiros
Dec 06, 2007 Spiros rated it really liked it
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You know, you would figure by now that I would be, if not wise enough, then at least old enough to not pay any attention to what marketing flacks choose to have printed on the backs of the books that they are trying to sell. This book is described as "a novel, ostensibly his own biography, from his wife's point of view". That description, redolent as it is of Gertrude Stein-y metafictive drivel, prevented me from reading this book for lo these past three months, and only my great esteem for Hrab ...more
grimaud
Jan 24, 2016 grimaud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo mio con Bohumil Hrabal fue amor a primera frase. Este es el cuarto libro suyo que leo y el cuarto libro que acabo entusiasmado. Y es que me encanta su estilo, conecto totalmente con su filosofía de vida y con sus personajes que me resultan conmovedores. Lo mas curioso de esta autobiografía es el punto de vista. No está narrada por el autor sino por su esposa. ¿Quien puede conocer mejor a un hombre que su mujer y sacarle todos sus defectos con conocimiento de causa? Así vemos a un Bohumil Hrab ...more
Martin
Aug 19, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuhle knížku můžu klidně číst podruhé. Typickej Hrabal: věty dlouhé jak Lovosice, mezi souvětí občas "upuštěná" tečka. Text je ale logicky členěn do odstavců a kapitol, takže víte, kde si při čtení můžete dát maličkou pauzu :-).

Knížka vypráví očima Hrabalovy ženy Elišky o počátcích jejich vztahu: od seznámení až po jejich svatbu. (Svatbami v domě se ovšem myslí bohémské večírky s přáteli, které Hrabal ve svém libeňském bytě až do té doby pořádal.)

Vedle osobní roviny je knížka také zajímavým dob
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Aleš
Jun 14, 2014 Aleš rated it it was amazing
Hrabal je zakon.
Stephen
Feb 17, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it
Happy birthday Bohul! (March 28, 1914) In this, our melancholic-farceur tells of his courting with his beloved wife, Pipsi, from the point view of his beloved wife, Pipsi. So this ends up being a sort of autobiography, or maybe a biography of his wife while she looks back at him. Hrabal treats all of his characters with such care and anyone who has read his other work will recognize the people in his daily life. Don’t think that you must read his other work first though, Hrabal is charming and s ...more
Piet Michael
Jun 27, 2014 Piet Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech, biography
Engagement can circle around fancy feasts and drinking beer and when it does, it certainly promises a happy life alongside each other, doesn't it. ;-)
Christopherseelie
Dec 18, 2008 Christopherseelie rated it liked it
One should read In-House Weddings after Hrabal's other books. The biography-as-vehicle thing is totally fueled by interest in revisiting characters (in some instances: getting a better sense of their original models), and seeing Hrabal portray his literary self in its most conscious way. It is fascinating if one is interested in Bohumil Hrabal's persona.
Barbucha
Jun 16, 2013 Barbucha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je to champion krytých dvorců, jednička a mistr světa.
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Born in Brno-Židenice, Moravia, he lived briefly in Polná, but was raised in the Nymburk brewery as the manager's stepson.

Hrabal received a Law degree from Prague's Charles University, and lived in the city from the late 1940s on.

He worked as a manual laborer alongside Vladimír Boudník in the Kladno ironworks in the 1950s, an experience which inspired the "hyper-realist" texts he was writing at t
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