Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (New York Review Books Classics)

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (New York Review Books Classics)

Bohumil Hrabal


Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal’s rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing classes for the complicated in Age is some of these and extra. talking to a gaggle of sunbathing girls who remind him of fanatics earlier, this aged roué tells the tale of his life—or not less than unburdens himself of a lifetime’s worthy of reports. therefore we examine of amatory conquests (and humiliations), of scandals either deepest and public, of army adventures and household feuds, of what issues have been like “in the times of the monarchy” and the way they’ve replaced considering. because the publication tumbles restlessly ahead, and the comedian tone takes on darker shadings, we observe we're hearing a guy conversing as a lot out of desperation as from exuberance.

Hrabal, one of many nice Czech writers of the 20 th century, in addition to an inveterate haunter of Prague’s pubs and soccer stadiums, built a special procedure which he termed “palavering,” wherein characters gab and soliloquize with abandon. half drunken boast, half soul-rending confession, half metaphysical poem at the nature of affection and time, this superb novel (which unfolds in one huge sentence) indicates why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera, John Banville, and Louise Erdrich.

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