Michael Henry Heim

Michael Henry Heim (1943–2012) was a professor of Slavic languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. He translated the NYRB Classic Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal.

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    The Book of Blam

    Against all odds, Miroslav Blam, a Serbian Jew, has survived not only WWII but the terrible civilian massacre of 1942. Wandering the streets of Novi Sad, he recalls his youth looks to the future. “This could be Svevo’s Trieste, or a provincial town in a Chekhov story. Miroslav is that familiar creation of the great middle European writers, the city intellectual whose whole bourgeois existence is devoted to making up his mind.”—Publishers Weekly

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    Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

    An elderly roué, passing a group of sunbathing women, reminisces about the women he has known. Part drunken boast, part confession, part metaphysical poem on the nature of love and time, this astonishing novel (which unfolds in a single monumental sentence) shows why Milan Kundera called Hrabal “our very best writer today.”