Too Loud a Solitude

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Hanta has been compacting trash for thirty-five years. Every evening he resues books from the jaws of his hydraulic press, carries them home, and fills his house with them. Hanta may be an idiot, as his boss calls him, but he is an idiot with a difference - the ability to quote the Talmud, Hegel, and Lao-tzu. In this baroque and winsome tale, Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera has called "our very best writer today," celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word. ...
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San Diego, CA 1990 Hard cover First edition. New in fine dust jacket. Tight inding with clean text. New. First edition. Inside flap of d/j has a crease. Sewn binding. Paper over ... boards. 98 p. Audience: General/trade. TOO LOUD A SOLITUDE is a tender and funny story of Hant'a-a man who has lived in a Czech police state-for 35 years, working as compactor of wastepaper and books. In the process of compacting, he has acquired an education so unwitting he can't quite tell which of his thoughts are his own and which come from his books. He has rescued many from jaws of hydraulic press and now his house is filled to the rooftops. Destroyer of the written word, he is also its perpetuator. But when a new automatic press makes his job redundant there's only one thing he can do-go down with his ship. This is an eccentric romp celebrating the indestructability-against censorship, political opression etc-of the written word. Read more Show Less

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Hanta has been compacting trash for thirty-five years. Every evening he resues books from the jaws of his hydraulic press, carries them home, and fills his house with them. Hanta may be an idiot, as his boss calls him, but he is an idiot with a difference - the ability to quote the Talmud, Hegel, and Lao-tzu. In this baroque and winsome tale, Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera has called "our very best writer today," celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Czechoslovakian author Hrabal I Served the King of England pens an absorbing fable about a man who educates himself with the discarded printed matter he collects. Mar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780151904914
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    An Appealing Fable of a Unadmirable Time

    Hrabal presents a fable written in an extremely enjoyable style which expresses the problems of Czechoslovakia at the time perfectly. The fact that this book made it through Czech censors at the time is rather shocking, I suppose the censors were proof of the damper which Communism could put on the populace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Beautifully written

    An amazing book that almost reads more like poetry than prose. About a man's spiritual journey expressed through his love of books and learning.

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