I have just discovered--grace of a wonderful writer--a Czech writer named Bohumil Hrabal--wildly imaginative, yet with an organized consciiousness that procedes with the inexorable logic of dreams. I'm reading Too Loud a Solitude and just ordered I Served the King of England. He also wrote Closely Watched Trains. Kundera called him "the most important writer working today." He lived from the early part of the 20th century and died just three years before the end of the 20th. Too Loud a Solitude was named a New York Times Notable Book of the year.
It breaks loose of so many literary conventions. It carves out a territory of its own. As imaginative as the best of childrens' books--those books we read our kids or our friends' kids--that are over the top and engross us and delight us and keep every sense alive.
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