• Hrabal bounces and floats. His mode is a sort of dancing realism, somewhere between fairy tale and satire. He is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail. We should read him

    Julian Barnes
  • Hrabal, to my mind, is one of the greatest European prose writers

    Philip Roth
  • One of the most authentic incarnations of magical Prague; an incredible union of earthy humour and baroque imagination... What is unique about Hrabal is his capacity for joy

    Milan Kundera
  • Hrabal's comedy is completely paradoxical. Holding in balance limitless desire and limited satisfaction, it is both rebellious and fatalistic, restless and wise

    James Wood, London Review of Books
  • A poignant, humorous tale

    New York Times Book Review