By Josef Hirsal
Winner of the 1998 PEN middle united states West Award for translation
Josef Hirsal's experimental novel is a Dada-like romp in the course of the lifetime of a tender guy born right into a Bohemian peasant kinfolk. instructed in 5 elements, A Bohemian adolescence starts with a observe to the clever, strikes directly to the textual content, maintains with notes and with notes to the observe, and ends with a notice at the notes to the notes.
More than simply a tongue-in-cheek parody of a literary memoir, A Bohemian adolescence 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 woman, the behavior of town gay, the sounds of renowned track; 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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I was so taken with her that after she left in September I composed one of my first poems. It began in the following dreamy register: “It was summertime and thy face divine made me lose my mind. ” Although it remained in manuscript form, the manuscript fell into the hands of a band of local scamps, who mocked my pining heart by shouting the first line over and over. 7-3- The son of Frantisek Fisera, the tailor my father was apprenticed to. He was a year older than I was. His father was over fifty when he was born.
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A Bohemian Youth (Writings from an Unbound Europe) by Josef Hirsal