Closely Watched Trains

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0857-8
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Publication Date
August 1990
Page Count
85 pages
Trim Size
5 x 7 3/4

Closely Watched Trains

Bohumil Hrabal

Hrabal's postwar classic about a young man's coming of age in German-occupied Czechoslovakia is among his most popular works. Milos Hrma is a timid railroad apprentice who insulates himself with fantasy against a reality filled with cruelty and grief. After receiving acclaim as a novel, Closely Watched Trains was made into a successful film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1967.


About the Author

Born in 1914 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Bohumil Hrabal worked as a lawyer, clerk, railwayman, traveling salesman, steelworker, and laborer before turning to literature in 1962. His books available in English are I Served the King of EnglandThe Little Town Where Time Stood Still, and Too Loud a Solitude.

Among Josef Škvorecký's numerous books are Sins for Father KnoxTalkin Mosckow Blues, and Dvorak in Love.

Edith Pargeter has also translated Bozena Nemcova's Granny: Scenes from Country life and Jan Neruda's Tales of the Little Quarter


"[A]n incredible union of earthly humor and baroque imagination." --Milan Kundera

"Hrabal shows an offbeat, original mind, a fey imagination, and a sure hand in constructing his tales." --New York Times Book Review

"An old, beloved classic . . . Hrabal is one of the greatest and most inventive Czech writers living today." --World Literature Today