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Vita Nuova: A Novel
by Bohumil Hrabal
translated by Tony Liman
Northwestern University Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-8101-2546-9
Library of Congress Classification PG5039.18.R2V5813 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8635

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK



Vita Nuova is the second in a trilogy of memoirs written from the perspective of Bohumil Hrabal’s wife, Elis.ka, about their life in Prague from the 1950s to the 1970s, when Communist repression of artists was at its peak.


Hrabal’s inimitable humor, which in Elis.ka’s ruminations ranges from bawdy slapstick to cutting irony, is all the more penetrating for being directed at himself. Vita Nuova showcases Hrabal’s legendary bohemian intellectual life, particularly his relationship with Vladimír Boudník. Hrabal creates a shrewd, lively portrait of Eastern European intellectual life in the mid-twentieth century.





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