Review of Bohumil Hrabal's novel 'Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age', 1964
The Czechoslovak Writer Publishing House collection deposited in the Literary Archive of the Museum of Czech Literature (LA PNP) contains sources documenting the course of review processes, which often led to demands for changes to literary works. This was also the case for the experimental text entitled “Dancing lessons for the advanced in age” (1964) written by the well-known Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997). This text was finally shortened by the author following the reviewers’ requirements. “Dancing lessons for the advanced in age” consists of the only continuous and unfinished sentence representing the monologue of the seventy-year-old uncle Pepin who recalls his past. Other sources stored in the LA PNP documents include the prohibition of Hrabal's collection of short stories “Lark on a String”.
Strahovské nádvoří 1, 118 38 Praha 1 - Hradčany, Czech Republic
- Literary Archive of the Museum of Czech Literature (LA PNP)
- Šámal, Petr
Literary Archive of the Museum of Czech Literature (LA PNP), Prague, Czechoslovak Writer collection (fond Československý spisovatel).