Closely Watched Trains (European Classics) (Paperback)
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 (1914–1997) 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