The long central chapter of The Book of Hrabal is an extended inner monologue by Anna; on either side of that are shorter third chapters with mixed third person perspectives and dialogues, involving Anna, her writer and his mother, the Lord and his angels, and jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The style is allusive and the subject material is disjoint, touching on prisons and interrogations and surveillance in communist Hungary, theology, literature and writing, marriage and family, and jazz music, among other topics. The Book of Hrabal lacks a plot or driving story, but Esterhazy holds the reader with his abundant invention, gentle humour, and scintillating prose.
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