Set in small town Bohemia between the wars, the two narratives of THE LITTLE TOWN WHERE TIME STOOD STILL are delightful and witty evocations of the passing of an age, and its effects upon a close knit community.
From the flamboyant and unpredictable Maryska, who scandalises the town when she cuts short her golden tresses, to the eccentric Uncle Pepin, who always has to have a ready supply of furniture to smash when he's angry, Bohumil Hrabal creates a range of enchanting and memorable characters - confirming his status as one of Europe's greatest writers.
Glorious . . . Hrabal combines good humour and hilarity with tenderness and a tragic sense of his country s history OBSERVER
There are pages of queer magic unlike anything else currently being done with words GUARDIAN
Hrabal is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail Julian Barnes
Czechoslovakia s greatest living writer Milan Kundera
'Hrabal fills his pages with humanity and enchantment.' THE TIMES
'Here two comic tales of provincial life between the wars combine broad humour with minutely detailed description to produce a feverish energy. Enchanting.' TIME OUT
'This vivid and hilarious portrait of Czech villagers between the Wars, beery, eccentric and bursting with life, puts one in mind both of Czechoslovakia's greatest novel, Hasek's THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK and one of our own classics, Sterne's TRISTAM SHANDY.' VOGUE
'Funny and sad by turns, an enchanting book which records the passing of an age in a small rural community.' WHAT'S ON IN BIRMINGHAM