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15 Oct 2014 - 18 Jan 2015

Bohumil Hrabal: Too Loud a Solitude

An exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Bohumil Hrabal, one of the best Czech writers of the 20th century, will be opened to public from 15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015 at the Czech Centre Seoul. The exhibition commemorates 100th anniversary of Hrabal’s birth. Along with a set of panels, selection of published translations to foreign languages – including Korean – will be displayed. During the exhibition, Czech Centre also prepares other accompanying events, such as literary and film evenings.

Bohumil Hrabal (1914 – 1997) was a Czech writer. Born in Brno-Židenice, Moravia, 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 in the Kladno ironworks in the 1950s, an experience which inspired some of his writings. His best known novels were Closely Watched Trains (1965) and I Served the King of England. Many of his works has been made into movies, as for example Closely Watched Trains (1966), Larks on a String (1969), Cutting It Short (1981) or I Served the King of England (2006). He wrote with an expressive, highly visual style, often using long sentences; in fact his work Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (1964) (Taneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé) is made up of just one sentence. Many of Hrabal's characters are portrayed as "wise fools" - simpletons with occasional or inadvertent profound thoughts - who are also given to coarse humour, lewdness, and a determination to survive and enjoy oneself despite harsh circumstances. Political quandaries and their concomitant moral ambiguities are also a recurrent theme. Along with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Čapek and Milan Kundera - who were also imaginative and amusing satirists - he is considered one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century. His works have been translated into 27 languages.


Seogyo-dong 395-19, Mapo-gu
03176 Seoul
South Korea


From: 15 Oct 2014
To: 18 Jan 2015


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