Johannes Urzidil - The Last Bell (2nd Hand Softback)
This is a collection of 5 stories by a Czech writer originally published between 1956 and 1968 - the first ever English collection of stories by Johannes Urzidil - a friend of Kafka and an unjustly overlooked writer.
A maid who is unexpectedly bequeathed her employers' worldly possessions when they flee the Nazi occupation; a loyal bank clerk, who falls into troublesome love with a portrait; a middle-aged travel agent, who is perhaps the least well-travelled man in town; a widowed villager, whose 'magnetic' twelve-year-old daughter witnesses a disturbing event; and a tiny village thrown into civil war by the disappearance of a cheesecake.
These stories, about the tremendous upheaval which occurs when the ordinary encounters the unexpected, are stunningly told, with both humour and humanity. This is the first ever English publication of these Bohemian tales, by one of the great overlooked writers of the twentieth century.
- Format : Small 2nd Hand Softback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Short Stories & Anthologies
- Published : 2017 (Pushkin Press)
- ISBN : 9781782272397
- SKU : B002626
- PPC : LL250gm
- RRP : £12.00
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
" . . . small enough to fit in to a handbag! The stories were enjoyable, well written and is a book that I will keep and read again one day. Recommended." - Goodreads Review.
'Full of unexpected twists that leave you guessing' - The Lady.
"'Urzidil doesn't shy away from the darkness in life, but also lingers in those moments of beauty that life bestows upon us . . . I am incredibly grateful to Pushkin Press for casting light upon another author who deserves to be known' - A Universe in Words.
Johannes Urzidil was a writer, poet, historian, born in Prague, he died in Rome. His father was a German Bohemian and his mother was Jewish. Urzidil was educated in Prague, studying German, art history, and Slavic languages before turning to journalism and writing.
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