I Served the King of England

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I Served the King of England

By Bohumil Hrabal; Paul Wilson (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811216876, 241pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2007

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.