Total Fears: Selected Letters to Dubenka


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Twisted Spoon Press
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5.55 X 0.5 X 7.92 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Dohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) was a Czechoslovakian writer. He was the author of CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, which gained an international audience both as a novel and as a film, and I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND.
James Naughton has won Tony Awards for his starring roles in City of Angels and Chicago on Broadway, and a Mac Award for his one-man show James Naughton: Street of Dreams. He directed the acclaimed Broadway revivals of Our Town and Arthur Miller's The Price. On television, he appeared in Brooklyn Bridge, The Cosby Mysteries, and Ally McBeal. His films include The Devil Wears Prada, The Good Mother, The Glass Menagerie, and The Paper Chase.


The publication of this book marks a major event ... As an addition to English Hrabalia, Total Fears is invaluable, and unlikely to be matched for some time. The Prague Post"
In Total Fears, Hrabal glancingly commends Freud's writing about comedy and jokes, and calls it "typically Central European, and especially typical of Prague." [...] This is blocked humour about blocked people. Hrabal, in Freud's terms, is a great humorist. London Review of Books"
Bohumil Hrabal at his most ecstatic, in the sense of almost religious fervor, full of the "mystic vision" of Eastern European writers. They are his dark night of the soul, his "Wasteland." Written from 1989 to 1992 (when Hrabal was 75), they are the sum of his fear and his shame. Los Angeles Times"