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Too Loud a Solitude (Paperback)

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For thirty-five years, Hanta has been compacting wastepaper and books, and it's his love story. Set in Prague under Communist rule, Hanta sees thousands of books destroyed under his watch. But he "saves" as many as he can and collects them in his home. He may be simple, and at times just plain foolish, but he loves his books as ardently as any intellectual. My favorite book of all time, I reread this book over and over again, and its beautiful, rambling sentences become my own kind of devotional. I absolutely love this book for its silly, misguided narrator and his compulsive love for the written word.

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Hantá rescues books from the jaws of his compacting press and carries them home. Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera calls “our very best writer today,” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word. Translated by Michael Henry Heim.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156904582
ISBN-10: 0156904586
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 27th, 1992
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Harvest in Translation