Bohumil Hrabal (1914 – 1997)

Among other books, Hrabal wrote two internationally acclaimed hits: Closely Watched Trains (also translated as Closely Observed Trains, on which the Menzel film was based), and I Served the King of England. When then-President Bill Clinton visited Prague in 1994, he asked to have a beer with Hrabal in the author’s favorite Old Town haunt, the pub U Zlatého tygra (At the Golden Tiger).

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Arnost Lustig (1926 – 2011)

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