Hrabal's newly-renovated cottage to open to public in May

Bohumil Hrabal's newly-renovated cottage in Kersko in the Nymburk region will open to the public on May 18, on the occasion of the Hrabal Kersko Festival, the Czech Press Agency reported. The Central Bohemian Region and the Polabské Museum, who jointly manage the property, announced that it is in the final stage of reconstruction. The cottage is being restored to its original state when the late Czech author spent his summers there. Earlier this year the local authorities asked the public to help furnish the interiors by donating specific period objects from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hrabal bought the cottage, where he wrote most of his books, in 1965. He died on February 3, 1997.