Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal

By Bohumil Hrabal

Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal's rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing classes for the complex in Age is these kinds of and extra. talking to a bunch of sunbathing ladies who remind him of fans earlier, this aged roué tells the tale of his life--or not less than unburdens himself of a lifetime's worthy of reports. therefore we examine of amatory conquests (and humiliations), of scandals either deepest and public, of army adventures and family feuds, of what issues have been like "in the times of the monarchy" and the way they've replaced due to the fact that. because the ebook tumbles restlessly ahead, and the comedian tone takes on darker shadings, we detect we're hearing a guy speaking as a lot out of desperation as from exuberance.

Hrabal, one of many nice Czech writers of the 20 th century, as good as an inveterate haunter of Prague's pubs and soccer stadiums, constructed a different technique which he termed "palavering," wherein characters gab and soliloquize with abandon. half drunken boast, half soul-rending confession, half metaphysical poem at the nature of affection and time, this unbelievable novel (which unfolds in one enormous sentence) exhibits why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera, John Banville, and Louise Erdrich.

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Un parfum de hautaine vertu émanait de toute sa personne. Son visage, triste et amaigri, était en parfaite accordance avec le grand deuil dont elle était revêtue. Elle aussi, comme la 44 plèbe à laquelle elle s'était mêlée et qu'elle ne voyait pas, elle regardait le monde lumineux avec un œil profond, et elle écoutait en hochant doucement la tête. Singulière vision ! « À coup sûr, me dis-je, cette pauvreté-là, si pauvreté il y a, ne doit pas admettre l'économie sordide ; un si noble visage m'en répond.

Le bâton n'est pas un bâton de comédie, avez-vous entendu résonner la 36 chair, malgré le poil postiche ? Aussi les yeux lui sortent maintenant de la tête, elle hurle plus naturellement. Dans sa rage, elle étincelle tout entière, comme le fer qu’on bat. « Telles sont les mœurs conjugales de ces deux descendants d'Ève et d'Adam, ces œuvres de vos mains, ô mon Dieu ! Cette femme est incontestablement malheureuse, quoique après tout, peut-être, les jouissances titillantes de la gloire ne lui soient pas inconnues.

Vous verrez leurs yeux s'agrandir démesurément. D'abord ils n'oseront pas prendre ; ils douteront de leur bonheur. Puis leurs mains agripperont vivement le cadeau, et ils s'enfuiront comme font les chats qui vont manger loin de vous le morceau que vous leur avez donné, ayant appris à se défier de l'homme. 64 Sur une route, derrière la grille d'un vaste jardin, au bout duquel apparaissait la blancheur d'un joli château frappé par le soleil, se tenait un enfant beau et frais, habillé de ces vêtements de campagne si pleins de coquetterie.

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