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Closely Observed Trains

(1965)
(A Close Watch On the Trains)
A novel by

 
 
For gauche young apprentice Milos Hrma, life at the small but strategic railway station in Bohemia in 1945 is full of complex preoccupations. There is the exacting business of dispatching German troop trains to and from the toppling Eastern front; the problem of ridding himself of his burdensome innocence; and the awesome scandal of Dispatcher Hubicka's gross misuse of the station's official stamps upon the telegraphist's anatomy. Beside these, Milos's part in the plan for the ammunition train seems a simple affair. CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Prague Spring', is a classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism which fully justifies Hrabal's reputation as one of the best Czech writers of today.

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"A superb writer." - Julian Barnes


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October 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: Closely Observed Trains (Classical Film Scripts S)
Author(s): Jiri Menzel, Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-900855-88-6 / 978-0-900855-88-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Not Avail
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July 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Close Watch on the Trains (Cape Editions)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-224-61375-8 / 978-0-224-61375-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Closely Watched Trains (European Classics)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-8101-1278-7 / 978-0-8101-1278-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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August 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Closely Watched Trains
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-8101-0857-7 / 978-0-8101-0857-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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April 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Closely Observed Trains (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-349-10125-6 / 978-0-349-10125-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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January 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: Closely Watched Trains
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-14-005808-7 / 978-0-14-005808-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: Closely Observed Trains (Classical Film Scripts S)
Author(s): Jiri Menzel, Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-900855-87-8 / 978-0-900855-87-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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1971 : USA Paperback
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Title: Closely watched trains;: A film, (Modern film scripts)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-671-20792-X / 978-0-671-20792-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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July 1968 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Close Watch on the Trains (Cape Editions 16)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
ISBN: 0-224-61280-8 / 978-0-224-61280-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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June 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Closely Observed Trains
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
Publisher: Abacus
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June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Closely Observed Trains (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Bohumil Hrabal
Publisher: Abacus
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