The Death of Mr. Balisherger

by Bohumil Hrabel. Doubleday, $6.95. These short stories combine exuberant, exaggerative humor with an incongruous attention to realistic detail. The mixture is effective for the author’s purpose, which is to draw attention to the ways in which ordinary people survive exasperating circumstances. Since Mr. Hrabel is a lively, intelligent, interesting writer, he remains largely unpublished in his native Czechoslovakia. Translated by Michael Heim.