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Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age
By Bohumil Hrabal, Adam Thirlwell (introduced by) and Michael Henry Heim (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date May 3, 2011
Pages 117
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590173770
ISBN-10 1590173775
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $14.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal’s rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is all these and more. Speaking to a group of sunbathing women who remind him of lovers past, this elderly roué tells the story of his life—or at least unburdens himself of a lifetime’s worth of stories. Thus we learn of amatory conquests (and humiliations), of scandals both private and public, of military adventures and domestic feuds, of what things were like “in the days of the monarchy” and how they’ve changed since. As the book tumbles restlessly forward, and the comic tone takes on darker shadings, we realize we are listening to a man talking as much out of desperation as from exuberance.

Hrabal, one of the great Czech writers of the twentieth century, as well as an inveterate haunter of Prague’s pubs and football stadiums, developed a unique method which he termed “palavering,” whereby characters gab and soliloquize with abandon. Part drunken boast, part soul-rending confession, part metaphysical poem on the nature of love and time, this astonishing novel (which unfolds in a single monumental sentence) shows why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera, John Banville, and Louise Erdrich.

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With Michael Henry Heim (other contributor), Adam Thirlwell (other contributor) | from New York Review of Books (May 3, 2011)
9781590173770 | details & prices | 117 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal’s rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is all these and more.
from Vintage Uk (August 6, 2009)
9780099540625 | details & prices | 112 pages | List price $14.25
About: This Rabelaisian tale is composed of a single rambling sentence by the narrator, a shoemaker nearing 70 years of age.
from Harvill Pr (May 1, 1998)
9781860462153 | details & prices | List price $55.01
About: First published in 1964, this Rabelaisian tale is composed of a single rambling sentence by the narrator, a shoemaker nearing 70 years of age.

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