I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop.
– Bohumil Hrabal
born in Brno, Czech Republic March 28, 1914
died: February 03, 1997
Born in Brno-Židenice, Moravia, he lived briefly in Polná, but was raised in the Nymburk brewery as the manager’s stepson.
Hrabal received a Law degree from Prague’s Charles University, and lived in the city from the late 1940s on.
He worked as a manual laborer alongside Vladimír Boudník in the Kladno ironworks in the 1950s, an experience which inspired the “hyper-realist” texts he was writing at the time.
His best known novels were Closely Watched Trains (1965) and I Served the King of England. In 1965 he bought a cottage in Kersko, which he used to visit till the end of his life, and where he kept cats (“kočenky”).