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[on Bohumil Hrabal
] always admired in Hrabal the ability to look at people and see them as they truly are, with a truly uncompromising perspective, but he still loved people. He wasn't a misanthrope after all that. I would contrast with this the perspective of more recent Czech writers - and world literature in general - where I see a strong misanthropic tendency which is not there in Hrabal's ...