By Josef Hirsal
Winner of the 1998 PEN heart united states West Award for translation
Josef Hirsal's experimental novel is a Dada-like romp throughout the lifetime of a tender guy born right into a Bohemian peasant kin. informed in 5 elements, A Bohemian early life starts off with a be aware to the clever, strikes directly to the textual content, keeps with notes and with notes to the word, and ends with a word at the notes to the notes.
More than simply a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian formative years is a glimpse of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic as visible during the eyes of a tender peasant from the provinces. Abounding in intimate details--the manners of a servant lady, the conduct of the city gay, the sounds of well known tune; the best way humans consume in wartime--Hirsal's novel is a wrenching and hilarious story of a tender man's emotional and sexual awakening.
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Father had a pre dilection for Julius Fucik, the marches and overtures in par ticular. ” Fucik died in Ber lin in 1916 when Father was on furlough. Father is said to have taken the loss much to heart, and the members of his military band surely shared his sentiments. Julius Fuci'k was the uncle of the future “national hero” of the same name. 1. Litters had to be reported, but the reports were never verified. As a result, swine breeders could make a fortune. They usually traded their animals for agricultural products like wheat, potatoes, beets, straw, and hay.
There was no nee d for nappies: you just peed. All my clothes were handed down to my younger brother Miroslav, so they are ingrained in my memory. 2 He also went in for pho tography and bee-keeping, and did the sets and light ing for school and amateur theatricals. On holidays he was in charge of fireworks and specialized in Bengal lights. He was one of the first radio enthusiasts in the country and built his own wireless sets. 3 He taught penmanship, general sci ence, physics, and chemistry at the local school, and was called Chem for short.
The handle had an odd shape to it; it made me think of a bird of prey. 2. Father never got over the fact that instead of wear ing their helmets (which his comrades in arms called “bomb hats”) they had worked in their forage caps. 3. Since scores for marches and the repertory for mili tary concerts and masses were readily available, Father spent most of his time copying out parts for the operettas the band was regularly called upon to play. His military diary contains the following notes: “Hung.
A Bohemian Youth (Writings from an Unbound Europe) by Josef Hirsal