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The Good Soldier Svejk (Paperback)

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Paperback 784 Pages / Published: 28/04/2005
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The inspiration for such works as Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Jaroslav Hasek's black satire The Good Soldier Svejk is translated with an introduction by Cecil Parrott in Penguin Classics. Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austro-Hungarian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards, getting drunk and becoming a general nuisance, the resourceful Svejk uses all his natural cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the doctors, police, clergy and officers who chivvy him towards battle. The story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine, The Good Soldier Svejk combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war. Cecil Parrott's vibrant, unabridged and unbowdlerized translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing Hasek's turbulent life as an anarchist, communist and vagranty, and the Everyman character of Svejk. This edition also includes a guide to Czech names, maps and original illustrations by Josef Ladas. Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923) Besides this book, the writer wrote more than 2,000 short works, short stories, glosses, sketches, mostly under various pen-names. If you enjoyed The Good Soldier Svejk, you might like Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Brilliant ... perhaps the funniest novel ever written' George Monbiot 'Hasek was a comic genius' Sunday Times 'Hasek was a humorist of the highest calibre....A later age will perhaps put him on a level with Cervantes and Rabelais' Max Brod

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140449914
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm

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“Humbly reproach”

I remembered trying to read this at school and failing. I recently saw it again and bought it. It is probably the experience of life that has made me better appreciate it. Svejk is a Czech conscript soldier in the... More

Paperback edition
6th January 2013
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“Defecation’s all you need”

If ever there was a book that makes you rue the day you nodded off during Czech lessons at school, here is that book. No English translation can do it justice. This is due partly to the Czechs’ rich and suggestive... More

Hardback edition
13th July 2012
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