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The Book of Hrabal

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The Book of Hrabal is a post cold war surrealistic view of Hungary’s totalitarian past. It is also a homage to the Blues, saxophones and the mixed blessings of domestic life. The novel centres on Anna, who sings the blues and is saddled with an unwanted pregnancy, and her husband's convoluted writing experiments. It is also a tribute to cultural icons such as Charlie Parker, who gives saxophone lessons to God.

“Underneath Esterházy’s verbal wizardry, impudent humour and smart-aleck antics is a stinging indictment of Hungary’s recently deposed regime.”
- New York Times Literary Supplement

Translated by Judith Sollosy
Drawings by Adam Rish

ISBN 0 646204 72 6
172 pp pb


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