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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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