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The Last Bell

The Last Bell A maid who is unexpectedly left her wealthy employers worldly possessions when they flee the country after the Nazi occupation a loyal bank clerk who steals a Renaissance portrait of a Spanish noble

  • Title: The Last Bell
  • Author: Johannes Urzidil David Burnett
  • ISBN: 9781782272397
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • A maid who is unexpectedly left her wealthy employers worldly possessions, when they flee the country after the Nazi occupation a loyal bank clerk, who steals a Renaissance portrait of a Spanish noblewoman, and falls into troublesome love with her a middle aged travel agent, who is perhaps the least well travelled man in the city and advises his clients from what he hasA maid who is unexpectedly left her wealthy employers worldly possessions, when they flee the country after the Nazi occupation a loyal bank clerk, who steals a Renaissance portrait of a Spanish noblewoman, and falls into troublesome love with her a middle aged travel agent, who is perhaps the least well travelled man in the city and advises his clients from what he has read in books, anxiously awaits his looming honeymoon a widowed villager, whose magnetic or perhaps crazy twelve year old daughter witnesses a disturbing event and a tiny village thrown into civil war by the disappearance of a freshly baked cheesecake these stories about the tremendous upheaval which results when the ordinary encounters the unexpected are vividly told, with both humour and humanity This is the first ever English publication of these both literally and metaphorically enchanting Bohemian tales, by one of the great overlooked writers of the twentieth century.

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    1. 'The Last Bell' by Johannes Urzidil3 stars/ 6 out of 10Johannes Urzidil is a writer whose collected stories have not previously been translated into English. Born in Prague, and eventually settling in New York, much of his work links to his Bohemian heritage. In addition to translating these stories, David Burnett also provides an informative introduction.There are 5 short stories/ novellas in this collection. I was especially impressed with the title story, 'The Last Bell'. This is a first-pers [...]

    2. One does not escape from despair, hopelessness, suicide by demonstrating with great diligence and accuracy how nauseating, shallow, stale and fruitless all our actions are, but by trying to believe in life by virtue of the absurdThis extract, taken from an essay he wrote in 1965, is a good indication of the writing philosophy of Czech author Johannes Urzidil (1896-1970). In his introduction to this anthology of five short stories, translator David Burnett compares Urzidil's style with that of hi [...]

    3. I read Johannes Urzidil's The Last Bell for the Czech Republic (Czechia?) stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. I love stories of Old Bohemia, and purchased a couple of collections when I visited Prague a few years ago. The introduction to this volume is articulate and informative. When exposed to the quality and beauty of the chosen stories here, I was most surprised that Urzidil's work had not been translated into English before. I could hardly put The Last Bell down; the stories [...]

    4. Johannes Urzidil (1896-1970) was a German-Czech writer, a friend of Kafka and Max Brod, who was forced to flee from Prague after the German Occupation in 1939, escaping first to the UK and finally settling in the US. He’s largely unknown to an English-speaking readership, but has now been translated for the first time and Pushkin Press have now published 5 of his stories in this slim volume. None of them made much of an impression on me, except the title story about a young maidservant who tak [...]

    5. Johannes Urzidil belonged to the literary circle in Prague that included both Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel and Max Brod. When Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1939, he came to the United States. He was living in the US in the 50’s and 60’s when these short stories were written. He was awarded quite a few literary prizes during his career. The asteroid 70679 Urzidil was named after him. Although his books were published in many other countries, his work has been overlooked here. Th [...]

    6. I have related the reason for this blog's name before, but somehow Pushkin Press continues to give me reasons to do so over and over again. So, I named this blog A Universe in Words because for me reading has always been about learning, discovering and exploring. I grew up reading books in three different languages and this set me on a path of continuously looking for books in other languages, realising there are whole worlds, universes even, out there waiting for me. And thankfully to publisher [...]

    7. these stories are deft and interesting slotting into that kind of post-WWII Eastern European literature that gives us glimpses into a rather strange emotional and psychological aesthetic

    8. I was pleased to have won this book in a recent First Reads giveaway.I don't usually read books that have been translated in to English, nor do I really enjoy books that were written some time ago. The title actually drew my attention, plus the size. Small enough to fit in to a handbag! The stories were enjoyable, well written and is a book that I will keep and read again one day. Recommended.

    9. While a few of these stories did show signs of liberally edited modernism, where the author is allowed to just go off on one, generally the writing here is very good. The title story is a brilliant evocation of a moral issue forced by consorting with the enemy, in this case invading Nazi troops. Generally the works hark back to rural times, though, or Bohemia almost as seen in Kafka's tales. I don't know that Urzidil will ever be such a household name, but the time is right on this evidence to g [...]

    10. Johannes Urzidil was one of the most celebrated Czech writers of the 20th century. Although he spent his last twenty years as an emigre in the United States, he never made the switch to writing in English. His works continued to be published in Europe in German (one of his two mother tongues) and his works were infused with the sensibility of his homeland. Despite his importance in European literature, his works have only rarely been translated into English. Puskin Press have rectified this omis [...]

    11. A lovingly (it appears) translated work from a celebrated Czech author. The stories are a little bleak, a little melancholy and rueful, and a little "here is what we left behind" but they read marvelously and smoothly. It is always a pleasure to be introduced to a masterful writer working in a medium of which he or she has full control as Mr.Urzidil is. Looking forward to more from Pushkin from this writer and translator.I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an ho [...]

    12. Pushkin Press continues to do sterling work by retranslating and republishing European fiction with Johannes Urzidil’s The Last Bell (translated by David Burnett). The Last Bell includes five stories by a mid-century Czech author who got lost in the shuffle of history. In these stories, Urzidil writes about life in Prague in the late 1930s (before he himself fled Europe) and in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire before World War IRead the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free cop [...]

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