All My Cats

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In the autumn of 1965, flush with the unexpected success of his first published books, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in Kersko, about an hour’s drive east of Prague. From then until his death in 1997, he divided his time between Prague and Kersko, where he wrote and tended to a community of cats. Over the years, his relationship to them grew deeper, becoming a measure of the pressures, both private and public, that impinged on his life as a writer. ‘All My Cats’, written in 1983 after a serious car accident, is the chronicle of a cat lover who becomes overwhelmed by his cats and his life and is driven to the brink of madness by the dilemmas his indulgent love for the animals has created.

ISBN: 9780241422199 Author: Hrabal, Bohumil Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 27th August 2020 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 891.86354 (edition:23) Pages: 120 Language: English Edition: 1st paperback ed Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

‘One of the greatest European prose writers’ Philip Roth

In the autumn of 1965, Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in the countryside east of Prague. There, until his death, he tended to an ever-growing, unruly community of cats. This is his confessional, tender and shocking meditation on the joys and torments of his life with them; how he became increasingly overwhelmed by the demands of the things he loved, even to the brink of madness.

‘Dark and strange … It begins with warmth and fluffiness, but soon descends into Dostoevskian horror’ Daily Telegraph

‘The Czech master exposed the animal within us’ New Yorker

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