—Parul Sehgal, New York Times Book Review
Hrabal is a spider of a writer: subtle and sly, patient, with invisible designs. He never proclaims — he never needs to. He envelops.
—Malcolm Forbes, The National
All seven tales thrum with Hrabal’s characteristic rambunctious energy and are tinged with flurries of comic absurdity and ghoulish mayhem.
An often powerful and occasionally unnerving collection of stories from a half-century ago […] the timelessness of the best of these stories attests to a human spirit undimmed by the darkest of circumstances.
—Hal Hlavinka, The Quarterly Conversation
Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult shows off a distinctly different Hrabal than the one English-language readers have grown accustomed to.
This strange, revealing collection is major document of class consciousness, protest, and the Eastern Bloc.
—Meghan Forbes, The Los Angeles Review of Books
The essence of Hrabal’s fiction is to draw beauty from what isn’t, to find hope where we’re not likely to look … to show that we are all of us ‘magnificent.’
One of the most authentic incarnations of magical Prague, an incredible union of earthy humor and baroque imagination.
—James Wood, London Review Of Books
Hrabal’s magical stories are comic and human–they are really desires embodied… . They inhabit a utopian province, the realm of laughter and tears.
—The New York Times
An extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel.
Hrabal, in Freud’s terms, is a great humorist. And a great writer.