Rambling On

An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab

Bohumil Hrabal

Bohumil Hrabal

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by David Short
230 pages | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9788024623160 Published April 2014 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Novelist Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and spent decades working at a variety of laboring jobs before turning to writing in his late forties. From that point, he quickly made his mark on the Czech literary scene; by the time of his death he was ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Capek, and Milan Kundera as among the nation’s greatest twentieth-century writers. Hrabal’s fiction blends tragedy with humor and explores the anguish of intellectuals and ordinary people alike from a slightly surreal perspective. His work ranges from novels and poems to film scripts and essays.
Rambling On is a collection of stories set in Hrabal’s Kersko. Several of the stories were written before the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague but had to be reworked when they were rejected by Communist censorship during the 1970s. This edition features the original, uncensored versions of those stories.
1 The St. Bernard Inn
2 A Moonlit Night
3 Mr. Methie
4 A Feral Cow
5 A Grand Piano Rabbit Hutch
6 Jumbo
7 Mazánek’s Wonder
8 The Snowdrop Festival
9 Friends
10 Fining Salami
11 Leli
12 Beatrice
13 Lucy and Polly
14 The Feast
15 Ionic Man
16 Hair Like Pivarník’s
17 The Maid of Honour
18 Adagio Lamentoso
19 An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab
Translator’s Notes
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