Bohumil Hrabal’s short story collection Automat Svet is published by Aiolos in two volumes entitled O Kosmos to Automato and Thelete na deite ti xrysi Praga? The translation was made from the original. The texts are in full and without abbreviations.
The short stories in the collection demonstrate the range of important qualities of Bohumil Hrabal’s writing: his grotesque sense of humour, his often unexpected warmth, his rough style and the brisk pace of the narrative.
The theme of the short stories is alienation, that which affects the popular classes. Yesterday and today are deliberately confused in order to show that the source of alienation, wage labour, remains and dominates.
Nene Psyrouki, Hrabal’s translator par excellence into Greek, captures the author’s idiosyncratic discourse and the particular perceptions of life that made Hrabal’s characters an integral chapter of world literature.