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Ostře sledované vlaky

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Hrabal's postwar classic about a young man's coming of age in German-occupied Czechoslovakia is among his most beloved and accessible works. Closely Watched Trains is the subtle and poetic portrait of Milos Hrma, a timid young railroad apprentice who insulates himself with fantasy against a reality filled with cruelty and grief. Day after day as he watches trains fly by, h ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published 2002 by Maťa (first published 1965)
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A couple of months ago, I bought this slim volume at the Globe Bookstore and Cafe in Prague on the last afternoon of a 9-day school tour with my 15-year old daughter and several of her classmates. We had perhaps 45 minutes in which to identify purchases, enjoy beverages, split a salad, and read passages to each other from the books we selected. At the time, I shared with her portions of one of the other books I bought, and saved this one until now. I will remember that afternoon, the Globe and t ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The coming-of-age story of Milos Hrma - a young, naïve railwayman - unfolds in a small lethargic train station, set in North Bohemia, Prague during the last two weeks of WWII, 1945. Milos narrates a tale which covers a timespan of 48 hours in a series of flashbacks, where it is revealed how the scars on his wrists came to be and how three generations of Hrma men managed to besmirch their family name.

Milos's day is spent dreamily watching military trains pass through to the front transporting th
A Noir Farce.

In the closing months of WW II in provincial Czech, the social system of the national railways copes with the German military, allied raids, and the sexual fetishes of the local dispatcher. Amidst the detritus of war - dead and dying live-stock, wrecked railway carriages, crashed fighter planes, the dead and wounded returning from the front - the station-master's concern is principally the well-being of his Polish pigeons and the sanctity of his Turkish-themed office.

But an underc
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Originally written in Czech. I have a suspicion this translation by Edith Pargeter lost a lot, but it is still good enough for me for a perfect GR score. DREAMLIKE, it there’s a word for it. Reading it gave me this experience: when disparate dreams come in sequence at night, each one understood completely as they pass before the eyes which open when one is asleep, each dream segment seeking to connect with the others, then backing off, one at a time, as if saying goodbye, yet making wordless pro ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech, world-war-2
Actually, 3.5 stars...

Set in the final year of the Second World War, Ostře sledované vlaky weaves together the rather exaggerated personal story of a young apprentice for the Czech national train company (embarrassed by premature ejaculation, he tries to commit suicide; his grandfather tries to stop the invading German army solely with his mental powers of suggestion - his family has to go to Prague to recover the skull from the tread of a tank; he beds a beautiful complete stranger (a German,

Description: It is 1945. For gauche young apprentice Milos Hrma, life at the sleepy railway station in Bohemia is full of complex preoccupations. There is the burden of dispatching German troop trains; the shocking scandal of Dispatcher Hubicka; and the vexing problem of his sexual performance. Classic comedy drama from a celebrated Czech writer.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Pra
Francisco H. González
El humor y el sexo -un narrador aquejado de eyaculatio precocs, un empleado para quien las nalgas femeninas obran de papel en el que lidiar su aburrimiento estampando en ese horizonte cárnico, cuantos sellos tienen a mano- contra la barbarie. Una sinrazón que siempre sale a flote y estalla. Un final memorable con dos hombres, un checo y un alemán, matándose recíprocamente en las postrimerías de la novela. Dos hombres que podían haber charlado, haber tomado algo juntos, haberse caído bien, dice e ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-core, europe, czech
A coming-of-age story of a young railwayman in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) was a Czech writer said to be the greatest Czech novelist of the 20th century. Previous to this book, the only popular writer I have read was Milan Kundera (born 1929). In this book's back cover, this is what Kundera says about the book:
"an incredible union of earthly humor and baroque imagination."
. Although this is true, I think Kundera's oversimplification of the nov
Neste livro, os "comboios rigorosamente vigiados" são comboios militares, sob vigilância especial, que transportam armamento e suporte para as tropas alemãs que, na frente leste, tentam evitar o avanço das tropas russas no período derradeiro da Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Milos Hrma é um jovem de vinte e dois anos que trabalha como factor numa pequena estação ferroviária, algures na Checoslováquia ocupada pelos nazis e próxima da fronteira com a Alemanha. O pouco movimento da estação faz com que a Mi
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Savaş eğlenceli bir şekilde anlatılabilir mi? Evet, anlatılabiliyor. Savaşın gündelik hayata yansımasını kahramanımız Miloş'ın basit anlatımıyla dinliyoruz. Biz Hrabal'ı çokça tanımıyoruz belki, ama Milan Kundera hayranı... Ve son cümlenin ağırlığı;
"Son ana, kendi kendimi gözden yitirinceye kadar ölü erle eleleydik ve ben, erin sağır kulağına, bahtsız Almanları Dresden'den getiren marşandizdeki tren şefinin söylediği sözü tekrarlayıp duruyordum:
"Evinizde oturup kalsaydınız da götünüzün üstünde.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: praghese
Nella stazioncina il capostazione aspetta di essere promosso ispettore, ha la divisa nuova già pronta nell’armadio, e alleva colombi: prima della guerra allevava i bagadesi di Norimberga, ma quando i tedeschi invadono la Polonia, li strozza tutti e li sostituisce con altri, le linci polacche.

I treni passano da est a ovest e da ovest a est, con vagoni a volte pieni di soldati e infermiere, a volte crivellati di pallottole, a volte pieni di animali ridotti alla fame e di
اكثر ري ويو هاي فارسي كه براي اين كتاب نوشته شده، بيشتر در مورد ترجمه است تا خود كتاب. من هم بايد اضافه كنم كه ترجمه از بد گذشته و در واقع گنگ است و به ترجمه يك ستاره هم نمي شه داد. مترجم آخر كتاب يك نقد بيست و چند صفحه اي نوشته كه قابل قبول نيست؛ چون وارد قلمروهايي شده كه خود نويسنده تا اونجاها پيش نرفته.
و اما خود كتاب، كه درش تأثير تسلط نازي ها بر اروپاي شرقي در يك ايستگاه قطار نشان داده شده.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Closely Watched Trains'
by Bohumil Hrabal

For a book that is a mere 84 pages, and beautifully reissued in the wonderful Penguin Modern Classics imprint, it packs a heck of a lot in.

22 year old Milos, is a depressed apprentice with low self esteem who works at a small and sleepy Czech railway station during the last months of World War 2. His life is full of worries: his failure to consummate his relationship with the pretty conductor Masha, the scandalous - and highly amusing - goings-on in the
Ioannis Anastasiadis
..Ο Μποχουμιλ Χραμπαλ, ένας από τους σημαντικότερους μεταπολεμικους Τσέχους λογοτέχνες, ακολούθησε διάφορα επαγγέλματα προτού φέρει σε δημοσιότητα τα λογοτεχνικά του κείμενα, στα οποία συνεχώς συνέτρεχε κ διόρθωνε προς χάριν της τελειοθηρίας που τον διέκρινε ..Στα 'Τραίνα', μια από τις διακεκριμένες του νουβέλες όπου μεταφέρθηκε κ στον Κινηματογράφο (βλ. Γιρι Μενζελ), εξιστορείται η καθημερινότητα του προσωπικού ενός Τσεχικου σιδηροδρομικού σταθμού στα τελη του Β Παγκοσμιου Πολεμου ..ειδικότερα ...more
Jeff Jackson
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2
Thank you to Goodreads for deleting my previous review. Did I slander Bohumil Hrabal by saying this short novel wasn't as exceptional as I SERVED THE KIND OF ENGLAND or TOO LOUD A SOLITUDE, but still worth your time? Or by mentioning the odd but largely successful mix of historical horror, ribald comedy, and subverted coming-of-age tropes? Or by pointing out that the novel seems intentionally disorienting for the first couple of chapters but eventually feels as precise as a stationmaster's pocke ...more
Tsung Wei
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprising book. Not quite the grandiosity of I Served the King of England or the charm of Too Loud a Solitude, yet there is something different about this slender book of 84 pages. So unobtrusive is this book, that you might miss it on a shelf full of bigger books. Yet for a short book, it speaks volumes.

Bohumil Hrabal is a great story teller. His inimitable style is evident from the first page. It is cheeky, hilarious, irreverent, naughty and ribald. But it is not all lightheartednes
There's a lot going on in this little classic.
The last days of WWII, the Third Reich is in decline, the Czech countryside is full of dead, dying and the broken. In a small railway station, Milos, a young signalman, is the narrator. He tells of his attempted suicide, the sexual desires of the station master, pigeons, and watches the German trains pass to and fro.
There is a sense of senselessness about the whole war and a need to do something before it is over. Milos fore-fathers have all failed t
João Reis
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This leaves you speechless. It resembled a journey to my own soul.
Raúl Ricardo
No tengo la costumbre de escribir reseñas, pero a ver qué sale.
Conocí la película antes que al libro y eso condicionó un poco mi lectura. De paso adornaré la reseña con imágenes de la película.

El protagonista es Miloš Hrma (pronúnciese Miloshi Jarma), un aprendiz de despachador de trenes que vuelve a trabajar después de tres meses de descanso por enfermedad (view spoiler). Miloš viene de una familia de hombres que trabajaron poco y nada para vivir y tambi
M. Sarki
I liked it. Didn't think I would. Reminded me a bit of Robert Walser because of the narrator's childlike wonder of it all, except in this version, unlike the wandering and unlucky Walser, this hero gets laid. And in more ways than one.
Russell Bittner
Milan Kundera, whose prose(and consequently whose thinking) I much admire, describes, on the back cover of the edition I recently found in a dusty old bookstore here in Manhattan Bohumil Hrabal’s Closely Observed Trains as “(o)ne of the most authentic incarnations of magical Prague; an incredible union of earthly humor and baroque imagination… What is unique about Hrabal is his capacity for joy.”

I would be hard-pressed to question Milan Kundera’s appreciation of literature. Instead—and as I’ve
Camille Stein
Y de pronto vi lo que seguramente había estado viendo todo el tiempo el factor Hubicka, que yo estaba perdido, que lo único que podía esperar era que aquel tren saltase por los aires, que eso tenía que bastarme en la situación en la que estaba, porque no podía esperarme otra cosa que la muerte, que si no moría del tiro me encontrarían los alemanes y me colgarían o me fusilarían, como era su costumbre, y entonces me di cuenta de que estaba destinado a una muerte distinta de la que había intentado ...more
[I had recently marked a Hrabal novel "to read," and the author's name sounded familiar, so I looked into my archive and found I had indeed read a Hrabal novel in 2011: Closely Watched Trains. So, in that spirit, let's take another look at that review. Reading it, I can relive stuff I had completely forgotten; thus the beauty of writing these literary diaries.]

A few decades back when I was exploring the world of "foreign film" for the first time, the 1966 Czech movie adaptation of this Czech nov
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treni strettamente somiglianti

Siccome mi son resa conto che spesso e volentieri scrivo recensioni troppo lunghe, per questa volta ho deciso di appoggiarmi a scorci letterari e visivi che non sono miei.

“Provavo un'irritazione simile a quella di chi dal finestrino di un treno che corre a tutta velocità, cerca di leggere il nome delle stazioni. La stazione si avvicina e tu pensi: stavolta devo stare attento a leggere il cartello, ma non ce la fai. La velocità è troppa, La scritta si intravede, ma è
Closely Watched Trains is a vivid, often hilarious, devastating kick in the gut. Although written (and banned) in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia, the story hasn't lost much in translation or the passage of time. War tragedy and humorous youthful sexual burlesque rarely go out of style; taken together, if written well (as Hrabal does), the tragedy and humor amplify one other. Narrator Milos is a naive young apprentice train station agent near Prague during the German occupation. Having failed to pleas ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"رمان «نظارت دقیق قطارها» نوشته بهومیل هرابال در سال 1965 به رشته تحریر درآمده است. داستان این رمان در کشور چک میگذرد و داستانی در دوران تسلط آلمان نازی به کشورهای اروپای شرقی را روایت میکند. شخصیت اصلی آن نیز کارمندی در اداره خط راه آهن چک است که سعی دارد به نوعی در آمد و شد قطارهای آلمانی اخلال ایجاد کند و این روحیه و اخلاق به نوعی شیوه و ابزاری است برای مخفیماندن فعالیت او است."

پیشنهاد میکنم وقتی کمی از کتاب رو خوندید سری به صفحات اخر کتاب که یادداشت مترجم هست و خیلی دقیق و مفصل بخش به بخش رو
Ali Heidari
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رمان «نظارت دقيق قطارها» نوشته بهوميل هرابال وحدت زماني ندارد و وحدت داستان بيشتر حادثهاي است. داستان به صورت پايگاهي جهت پرش خاطره است. خاطره، نه به کمک تداعي صرف، که براي تشکيل يک وجود تاريخي، وارد داستان ميشود.

رمان «نظارت دقيق قطارها» نوشته بهوميل هرابال در سال 1965 به رشته تحرير درآمده است. داستان اين رمان در کشور چک ميگذرد و داستاني در دوران تسلط آلمان نازي به کشورهاي اروپاي شرقي را روايت ميکند. شخصيت اصلي آن نيز کارمندي در اداره خط راه آهن چک است که سعي دارد به نوعي در آمد و شد قطارهاي آ
From BBc Radio 4 -Drama:
It is 1945. For gauche young apprentice Milos Hrma, life at the sleepy railway station in Bohemia is full of complex preoccupations. There is the burden of dispatching German troop trains; the shocking scandal of Dispatcher Hubicka; and the vexing problem of his sexual performance. Classic comedy drama from a celebrated Czech writer.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Prague Spring', is a classic of
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ha empezado bien con esos brochazos de humor negro; lástima que no se hayan dejado ver entre tanto «drama juvenil» hasta prácticamente el final.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
به خودم گفتم در هر حال، آلمانی ها هم آم های احمقی هستند، احمق های خطرناک. خودم کمی احمق بوده ام، اما ناراحتی اش را فقط خودم می کشیدم، درحالی که حماقت آلمانی ها همیشه باعث شده بود که آدم های دیگر ناراحت شوند
عجیب ترین چیزی که در این قار بیمارستان وجود داشت ، چشم آدم ها بود، چشم سربازان زخمی، انگار رنجی که در جبهه برده بودند، رنجی که آنها به دیگران داده بودند و دیگران هم به آنها، همه ی این رنج ها، آنها را به صورت آدم های دیگری درآورده بود
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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.

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“Аз стоях между коловозите и усещах как някой ме гледа, обърнах се и в отвореното прозорче на мазето видях очите на госпожа началничката, там, в тъмното, тя хранеше гъсока си и ме гледаше. Аз обичах госпожа началничката, тя обичаше надвечер да седне в канцеларията, плетеше голяма покривка за маса и от нейната плетка струеше тишина, под пръстите й се появяваха нови и нови цветя и птици, на телеграфната маса тя поставяше малка книжка и надничаше в нея да види как се събират нишките в следващите фигури, сякаш свиреше на цитра и четеше нотите. Но всеки петък тя екзекутираше зайци, вземаше от зайчарника едно зайче, притискаше го между краката си, а после забиваше във врата му тъп нож и почваше да коли животинчето, което пищеше, пищеше дълго, после гласчето му започваше да стихва, но госпожа началничката гледаше точно така, сякаш плетеше голямата покривка. Казваше, че когато кръвта на заека изтича бавно, месото му е много по-вкусно и крехко Отсега виждах как ще заколи големия гъсок, ще го яхне както кон, ще притисне оранжевата му човка към гърлото , както се затваря джобно ножче, първо грижливо ще му скубе перата отзад, после кръвта му ще тече в тенджерата, птицата ще отмалява, докато се отпусне напълно, госпожа началничката ще се дръпне и е клечи, подпряла задник на петите си.” 2 likes
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