• One of the great prose stylists of the 20th century; the scourge of state censors; the gregarious bar hound and lover of gossip, beer, cats and women

    Parul Sehgal
  • Hrabal, to my mind, is one of the greatest European prose writers

    Philip Roth
  • Hrabal was, for all his eccentricity, a major figure in 20th-century world literature

    Jonathan Coe
  • The very best writer

    Milan Kundera
  • A most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humor and a hushed tenderness of detail

    Julian Barnes
  • A stunningly revealing, occasionally deranged exploration of self, with cat ownership the frame through which that exploration is presented, by one of postwar Europe's greatest writers

    Kevin O'Rourke, Michigan Quarterly Review