Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal 1990 Soft Cover 86 Pages
Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal 1990 Soft Cover 86 Pages Cover is dark blue
First published 1965 as Ostie sledovane vlaly by C esko-slovens4 Spisovatel, Prague. Copyright 1965 by Bohumil Hrabal. English translation copyright 1968 by Jonathan Cape Ltd. First published 1968 by Jonathan Cape Ltd. as A Close Watch on the Trains. Sphere Books Ltd Abacus edition of Closely Observed Trains published 1990. Northwestern University Press paperback edition of Closely Watched Trains published 1990 by arrangement with Macdonald & Company. Foreword by Josef Skvorecky. Copyright Viking Penguin Inc., 1981. Foreword reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin Inc.
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Postwar classic about a young mans 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, he torments himself with the suspicion that he himself is being watched and with fears of impotency. Hrma finally affirms his manhood and, with a sense of peace and purpose he has never known before, heroically confronts a trainload of Nazis.
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