But his friend encouraged him to speak to his father and find out what bothered him. The fifth child however beat him to it. He brought a group of beautiful damsels and told his father to select whomever he pleases. He thought that his father was probably just lonely. I have five wives including your mother. You want to kill me, this is not happiness but death! The fourth child had a friend who played music, and this used to remind the king of his father.
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He was afraid of going as the king was well known to be ruthless. The king caught himself humming to the tune, which startled the child who upon trying to flee, was called back and invited to the palace to dine with the king. He told the child how no one plays great old instruments anymore and the sound of Nyatiti brought back sweet childhood memories which added color to his melancholic life. I guess you can use your creative imagination to make a happy ending to that story.
Point is, we all go through life happy, sad, brave, cowards, afraid, scared… all in search of happiness. It may be a Nyatiti for the king and the child who loved playing it but to you, it can be spending time with friends or reading your favorite book, a hug from a long lost friend or a simple hello from a stranger.
You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. An outcast from society, Uncle Pepin loved telling absurd tales and Hrabal would later incorporate both Uncle Pepin and his anecdotes into his fiction. In the classroom Hrabal was by no means the model student.
He often misbehaved and had no interest in the Czech language or Czech literature. In fact, he flunked out of a high school in Brno and another in Nymburk. Then things changed. Before he was admitted to the Law School of Charles University, Hrabal developed an interest in philosophy and art.
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He even taught himself Latin and played both the piano and trumpet. In he became a law student, solely choosing the subject to please his mother. He also admired the irony, absurdity and black humor of Franz Kafka.
This future stellar author had one year of university to go when the Nazis took over in and closed all Czech universities. Hrabal went back to Nymburk to do odd jobs.
In he found himself working as a trainee lawyer, while in he was a train dispatcher in Kostomlaty, where he was almost killed by Nazi soldiers. After the war he returned to Prague, and he obtained his law degree in March of He joined the Communist Party but dropped out a year later.
Then Hrabal had a myriad of jobs, working as an insurance broker and traveling salesman, to name but two. Encountering the lively Prague Surrealist scene in the s would greatly influence his work later on.
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In he went to work at the Poldi steelworks in Kladno, not far from Prague. In a crane fell on Hrabal, putting an abrupt end to his career in the steelworks. His novel Jarmilka his first Total Realist text , set in the steelworks, did not pass the censors. Neumann Theatre. It took four years for the book to pass the censors. His work during the s often was set in the Poldi steelworks and dealt with finding the simple, hidden beauty there despite the harsh reality. They included collage and montage elements and emphasized natural dialogue.
The s proved a successful period for Bohumil Hrabal — that is, until A year later it was made into a film. Hrabal also traveled abroad during the s — to Paris, New York and Moscow. His writing during this decade was characterized by grotesque humor and absurdity while Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age featured one never-ending sentence written in a stream-of-consciousness and associative imagery format.
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During the s Hrabal employed bawdy, grotesque and absurd humor and incorporated the Dadaist collage format in his works. He battles absurd situations and hardships wielding the weapon of a loud, defiant laugh. The Death of Mr. Baltisberger, written from to , incorporated black humor and anecdotal narratives and displayed a dream-like quality. As usual, Hrabal uses colloquial, Prague dialect Czech. In Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, the main character is a year old man who had worked as a shoemaker and had served as a soldier during the days of the Habsburg Empire.
He brags to a young woman about his exploits and talks to himself as well. Set in a small Czechoslovak town during the last days of the Nazi Occupation, it features a young dispatcher who has recently attempted suicide because of sexual problems. Again the characters are vivid as black humor abounds.
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In this work Hrabal employs a humor of cynicism injected with sharp satire. Laughter, it appears, acts as a kind of resistance to an era that was not funny at all. After the Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring of liberal reforms in August of , Hrabal found himself a banned author in his country.
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The s were fraught with police interrogations and depression. Yet it was under these harsh and miserable conditions that Hrabal created some of his best works.