"An expansive drama of old age and death, the fragile beauty of memory, and the persistence of desire. The book is infused with the memory of 'old times' and a melancholy awareness of lost youth and faded beauty... Hrabal's light, cascading prose, with its resistant undercurrents of pauses, diversions and repetitions, is perfectly suited to his themes. He carries you along on a sensuous rush of detail, and then suddenly bumps you against the bedrock of history. This is a mesmerizing novel, beautifully translated."
-- Ivan Vladislavi?
"Hrabal is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and hushed tenderness of detail."
-- Julian Barnes
"rabal, to my mind, is one of the greatest European prose writers."
-- Philip Roth