All My Cats

All My Cats

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A gem of a book about the aggravations and joys of cats from a literary master

In the autumn of 1965, flush with the unexpected success of his first published books, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in Kersko, about an hour's drive east of Prague. From then until his death, he tended to a community of cats at his country home. Over the years, his relationship to them grew more intense, becoming a measure of the pressures, both private and public, that affected his life as a novelist.

Written in 1983, this is his confessional chronicle of what happened. It is the story of how a cat lover becomes increasingly overwhelmed by the demands of his life, and his cats, finding himself driven to the brink of madness by both the indulgent love and the resentment he feels. Moving, shocking and honest, All My Cats invites us to grapple with the meaning of love and loss.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241422182
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Hardback original
DEWEY: 891.86354
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 22514
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 182g
Height: 139mm
Width: 204mm
Spine width: 17mm