The poetry and poetics of Hrabal’s long sentences Cover Image

K poetice dlouhých vět Bohumila Hrabala
The poetry and poetics of Hrabal’s long sentences

Author(s): Milan Jankovič
Subject(s): Poetry, Syntax, Czech Literature, Stylistics
Published by: Masarykova univerzita nakladatelství
Keywords: Bohumil Hrabal; Sentence; Stream writing;

Summary/Abstract: In the first half of the 1970s Bohumil Hrabal was not allowed to officially publish his texts; yet it is the time when he wrote a number of his most critically acclaimed works. Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I served the King of England) and Příliš hlučná samota (Too Loud a Solitude) are the two probably best-known of them and often translated into other languages as well. From the genre point of view, both texts diverge (the narrator in Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále is markedly narration oriented, while the narrator in Příliš hlučná samota can be described as contemplative and reflective), but from the stylistic point of view, important parallels and analogies can be identified. One of them is Hrabal’s unique composition technique using „long sentences“, which he himself called „stream writing“. The study discusses the usage and different aspects of the technique.

  • Issue Year: 17/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 7-26
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Czech