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Hrabal's postwar classic about a young man's coming of age in German-occupied Czechoslovakia is among his most popular works. Milos Hrma is a timid railroad apprentice who insulates himself with fantasy against a reality filled with cruelty and grief. After receiving acclaim as a novel, Closely Watched Trains was made into a successful film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1967.
About the Author
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.
"[A]n incredible union of earthly humor and baroque imagination." --Milan Kundera
"Hrabal shows an offbeat, original mind, a fey imagination, and a sure hand in constructing his tales." --New York Times Book Review
"An old, beloved classic . . . Hrabal is one of the greatest and most inventive Czech writers living today." --World Literature Today