22 Jan 2009 00:00 - 23 Jan 2009 00:00
Emil Hakl: Of Kids & Parents
Taking its cue both from Joyce’s Ulysses and Hrabal’s free association stream of anecdotes, Of Kids and Parents is about a father and son taking a walk through Prague, over the course of which, and in the pubs and bars they stop into, their personal lives are revealed as entwined with the past sixty years of upheaval in their corner of Europe. One’s small history is shown to be inseparable from the large history played out on the world’s stage: families are uprooted, relationships fail, jobs are gained or lost, and still life goes on. Hakl’s genius is his ability to mesh the two into a seamless flow of dialogue. Awarded a Magnesia Litera Book of the Year prize in 2003.
22 January 2009, 6.30 pm
Borders Books and Music, 122 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JR
Info: 0207 379 8877
Free drinks and nibbles.
23 January 2009, 7 pm
Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF
Info: 020 7620 2900
Emil Hakl and translator Marek Tomin will read and discuss the book.
'Anyone who has ever crawled from pub to pub in Prague - or anyone who wants to - should read this utterly beguiling novel of uproarious surfaces and melancholy depths. ...The father-son dialogue, beautifully caught by Marek Tomin's dancing translation, is a delight.'
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
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