I Served the King of England (Paperback)

By Bohumil Hrabal, Paul Wilson (Translator)
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical trip through 20th-centuryCzechoslovakia.

About the Author

Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) was born in Moravia and started writing poems under the influence of French surrealism. In the early 1950s he began to experiment with a stream-of-consciousness style, and eventually wrote such classics as "I Served the King of England, Closely Watched Trains" (made into an Academy Award-winning film directed by Jiri Menzel), "The Death of Mr. Baltisberger", and "Too Loud a Solitude". He fell to his death from the fifth floor of a Prague hospital, apparently trying to feed the pigeons.

Paul Wilson is a graduate of History at Oxford University. He has lived and worked in North, South and Central America as well as extensively travelling in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811216876
ISBN-10: 081121687X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 31st, 2007
Pages: 241
Language: English