Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

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Dancing Lessons for the
Advanced in Age
First edition
AuthorBohumil Hrabal
Original titleTaneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé
TranslatorMichael Henry Heim
PublisherČeskoslovenský spisovatel
Publication date
Published in English

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (Czech: Taneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé) is a 1964 novel by the Czechoslovak writer Bohumil Hrabal. It tells the story of a man who recounts various events from his past, and in particular his love life. The novel is written in one long sentence.


The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in 1995, where the critic described it as a "humorous and breathless affair". The review continued: "Hrabal, who has been cited as a major literary influence by Milan Kundera and Ivan Klima, among others, is generally considered the most revered living Czech author. It's easy to see why. As this novel (originally published in Czechoslovakia in 1964) plays around with Czech history, juxtaposing the public life of the country with the private life of the narrator, Hrabal displays abounding energy and a rambunctious wit."[1] Howard Norman of The Los Angeles Times wrote that it "stands up to the best of Hrabal", and argued that his novels "distill complicated human behavior to its basic--albeit at times repugnant, at times joyful--motivations".[2]

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  1. ^ Staff writer (1995-09-04). "Fiction Review: Dancing Lessons by Bohumil Hrabal". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ Norman, Howard (October 22, 1995). "Before Kundera, There Was Hrabal: DANCING LESSONS FOR THE ADVANCED IN AGE, By Bohumil Hrabal . Translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim (Harcourt, Brace Co.: $14; 128 pp.) - Page 2". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2017.