Closely Watched Trains

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Northwestern University Press, 1995 - Fiction - 85 pages
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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, 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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A short novel by this special author. Reflections on being a man, how to handle woman, resistance in the war and so forth. Kind of ridiculous at times, reflective on other moments, slapstick in the ... Read full review

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Czech work of literature translated by Edith Pargeter, Published in 1965. A book of socialist realism, tells the story of a young apprentice railroad worker during WWII around the time of the bombing ... Read full review

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Bohumil Hrabal (Czech pronunciation: [ˈboɦumɪl ˈɦrabal]) (28 March 1914, Brno – 3 February 1997, Prague) was a Czech writer, regarded as one of the best writers of the 20th century.

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