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I Served the King of England

Hrabal, Bohumil

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ISBN 10: 0701134623 / ISBN 13: 9780701134624
Editorial: Chatto & Windus, 1989
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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This is the first UK edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket worn at edges, small chips and tears. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Edges browned slightly. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0701134623. ISBN/EAN: 9780701134624. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 27058. For further info on this title, click on the "Ask Bookseller a Question" button directly underneath this listing. We will reply within 24 hours. Otherwise you can order right now (inclusive of shipping options) from the "Add to Basket" button to the right. N° de ref. de la librería 27058

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Título: I Served the King of England

Editorial: Chatto & Windus

Año de publicación: 1989

Encuadernación: Hardcover (Original Cloth)

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical trip through 20th-century Czechoslovakia. First published in 1971 in a typewritten edition, then finally printed in book form in 1989, "I Served the King of England" is "an extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel" ("The New York Times"), telling the tale of Ditie, a hugely ambitious but simple waiter in a deluxe Prague hotel in the years before World War II. Ditie is called upon to serve not the King of England, but Haile Selassie. It is one of the great moments in his life. Eventually, he falls in love with a Nazi woman athlete as the Germans are invading Czechoslovakia. After the war, through the sale of valuable stamps confiscated from the Jews, he reaches the heights of his ambition, building a hotel. He becomes a millionaire, but with the institution of communism, he loses everything and is sent to inspect mountain roads. Living in dreary circumstances, Ditie comes to terms with the inevitability of his death, and with his place in history.

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A comic, picaresque novel set against the backdrop of twentieth-century Czech history, about the rise and fall of an ambitious busboy in Prague.

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