• "The beauty of Hrabal's book is how he is able to make this tightly-wound object move...what Hrabal has created is an informal history of the indomitable Czech spirit. And perhaps...the human spirit"

    The Times
  • "First-hand experience informs Hrabal's work with a wonderful detail, irascibility and charm"

    Los Angeles Times
  • "Hrabal has invented some of the most memorable characters in world literature"

    Los Angeles Times