The Good Soldier Vejk

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Author: Jaroslav Hašek
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ISBN: 9780141184289
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The Good Soldier Vejk by Jaroslav Hašek


Original Title: The Good Soldier Vejk

This text is the classic novel of the little man fighting officialdom and bureaucracy with the only weapons available to him - passive resistance, subterfuge, native wit and dumb insolence. This translation originally published: London: Heinemann, 1973.

The Red Commissar

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Author: Jaroslav Hasek
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571310036
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The Red Commissar by Jaroslav Hasek


Original Title: The Red Commissar

Jaroslav Hasek is best known for his satirical masterpiece The Good Soldier Svejk. That has been described as 'Perhaps the funniest novel ever written.' Although his life was short and chaotic, Hasek did however write more as this volume tellingly reveals. In his preface, Cecil Parrott, translator and biographer of Hasek, crisply defines its purpose.. 'All the world has heard of Svejk, but few are familiar with the countless other characters Hasek created in his stories and sketches, which together with his feuilletons and articles are though to number some twelve hundred. The best of these deserve to be made available to the Western public and are included in this volume.' The range is wide. There is a selection from his Bugulma stories (Hasek as Bolshevik and Red Commissar), some early Svejk stories, reminiscences of Hasek's apprenticeship days, and the hilariously funny speeches made by Hasek when promoting his political 'Party of Moderate Progress within the bounds of the Law'.

The Fateful Adventures Of The Good Soldier Svejk During The World War

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Author: Jaroslav Hašek
Publisher: Good Soldier Švejk
ISBN: 1438916701
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The Fateful Adventures Of The Good Soldier Svejk During The World War by Jaroslav Hašek


Original Title: The Fateful Adventures Of The Good Soldier Svejk During The World War

In Book One of The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier vejk During the World War Jaroslav Ha ek wrote about the familiar world he lived in and wrote about his whole life before the onset of the "War to End All Wars." Book One introduces that world to those who are not familiar with it. For those "in the know" it is a hilarious stroll down the familiar paths: the pubs, cops, politics, houses of ill repute, eking out a living. Even after vejk already joined the military, life goes on as usual. He and his cohorts might be in uniform, but frequent the same pubs, interact with the same people under similar circumstances. The military is not much different than the police. It's just another uniformed service diminishing one's options and pleasure, only to be outwitted and largely ignored. Book One sets the stage for what follows once vejk moves out with his outfit to go to the front. As the text, now continuing in Book Two, progresses, it becomes clear that The Good Soldier vejk is not a book meant for the light entertainment of the leisure class. There have been quite a few "livingers," people making a living from interpreting what Ha ek meant by what he wrote, who or what vejk is and arguing among themselves. If the common working people find the text funny or even hilarious, it is because, as Don DeGrazia put it, it is "a bellowing barroom brawl of a book that will forever have everyday people doubled-up with the painful laughter of recognition." Such laughing people know vejk without having to analyze him or the text he lives in. On the other hand, if you want to take that route, you will find a lot of material to confront at SvejkCentral.com.

The Good Soldier Svejk And His Fortunes In The World War

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Author: Jaroslav Hasek
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062835444
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The Good Soldier Svejk And His Fortunes In The World War by Jaroslav Hasek


Original Title: The Good Soldier Svejk And His Fortunes In The World War

Hailed as “one of the greatest works of 20th century literature” (Boston Globe) and frequently compared to Catch-22, Jaroslav Hasek’s comic masterpiece follows a WWI soldier’s quixotic journey to the front lines—now available from Harper Perennial Modern Classics. "Rich and ranging, endlessly inventive.… The predicaments of Svejk in an absurd world still continue. And the laughter echoes." The Good Soldier Svejk follows Josef Svejk (“one of the great characters of 20th century literature”—New Republic), a boisterous and sometimes bumbling (or brilliantly subversive?) Czech soldier, through the trials of World War I. Beginning with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914, we follow one of the great comic heroes of the 20th century on a wild trip through war-ravaged Europe, as he fakes illnesses, is captured by his own men, and embarks on various quixotic quests, always with a bizarre—and often hilarious—anecdote at the ready. Predating countercultural American classics like Catch-22 (whose defining paradox about the insanity of anyone who would volunteer for war is liberally adapted from Svejk’s own invocation “The best thing you can do… is pretend to be an idiot”) by a generation, The Good Soldier Svejk was one of the first anti-war satires, and still one of the finest ever written. Featuring Cecil Parrott’s lively, unabridged translation, as well as the book’s original illustrations, this will be the definitive publication of Hasek’s masterpiece for years to come. “Continues to have an astonishing afterlife. ... The Good Soldier Svejk is commonly cited as an ancestor of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and many other anti-war novels. ... The novel’s continued resonance suggests how deep a nerve Hasek touched. His comic hero highlights the illogic of war so brilliantly that Svejk’s character has been absorbed into Western culture, speaking to many generations and their different wars.”— New York Times

The Good Soldier Svejk

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Author: Jaroslav HaSek
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140449914
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The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav HaSek


Original Title: The Good Soldier Svejk

Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian 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 Svejkcombines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

From Good King Wenceslas To The Good Soldier Vejk

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Author: Andrew Lawrence Roberts
Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789637326264
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From Good King Wenceslas To The Good Soldier Vejk by Andrew Lawrence Roberts


Original Title: From Good King Wenceslas To The Good Soldier Vejk

"From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk, this cultural dictionary is an intimate look at a people affectionately known for their storytelling humor (tlachani), suspicion of authority, and peaceful demeanor. Instead of the "greats" of Czech arts and letters that appear in standard histories or references, it describes such things as popular songs, movie stars, famous athletes, traditional dishes, and children's games that are second nature to every Czech." "In a country boasting the highest per capita consumption of beer (a bottle a day for every man woman and child), and where you once needed a handful of bony (coupons for imported goods) to buy a pair of Levi's, the Czech Republic today is a modern country of educated Europeans centered around Prague - one of the world's most beautiful capital cities. These contradictions all find a home in A Dictionary of Czech Popular Culture." "From Brno to Zizkov, Jan Hus to Vaclav Havel, this wry and stimulating collection of over 600 entries marks the first attempt at sewing together the patchwork of Czech culture with the hope of showing what is hezky cesky (nicely Czech) to the world at large." "The dictionary is supplemented by over thirty lists on such topics as the most popular Czech song, novel, athlete, and food. It also includes other primary documents like historical calendars, school-leaving exams, and communist slogans."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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