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16 Novels by Authors From Behind the Iron Curtain
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The Czech sense of humor is renowned in literature for both its hilarity and its biting darkness — and with Hrabal, you get both. This novel in particular uses the story of one unimpressive man, a waiter who, in progressing through his career, takes the reader through 20th century Czech history. Hrabal weaves humor, poignancy, and sharp observations of both people and his own country in this Czech classic. During the Communist era, there was an outpouring of literature critiquing the often-oppressive regimes. In the other, Pontius Pilate ruminates on his reluctance to send Jesus to his death. Great writers speak not only for themselves, but also for their nations. Kadare is exactly that for Albanians , playing the same role as Vaclav Havel did for the Czechs: a dissident, writing for freedom.
His latest novel is Voyage to the End of the Room. What a novel. Hasek blew a lifetime's wit and wisdom in one splurge. Relentlessly funny and true; I read it every two years or so. But why did it have to be written by a Czech?
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