The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav HašekIn The Good Soldier Švejk, celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hašek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.
Good-natured and garrulous, Švejk becomes the Austrian armys most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War I -- although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards and getting drunk, he uses all his cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the police, clergy, and officers who chivy him toward battle.
Cecil Parrotts vibrant translation conveys the brilliant irreverence of this classic about a hapless Everyman caught in a vast bureaucratic machine.
The Good Soldier Schweik
The Opera Quarterly Kakonyi: Stephen Noon Lt. He is a baffling phenomenon: a good soul who sees the world through a contorted lens. He wouldn't hurt a fly, yet he accepts fighting for the emperor in World War I as a sacred duty. The Czech nation at that time was an unwilling part of the Austro- Hungarian monarchy, and it was hard to find a Czech citizen subscribing to Schweik's view.
May 25, ISBN The eponymous hero of The Good Soldier Svejk — the book for which the Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek will forever be remembered—has virtually come to define, since his creation in the aftermath of World War I, the spirit of comic endurance necessary to withstand the manglings of a modern-day bureaucratic war machine. Shrewd, affable, possessed of an unerring talent for finding himself in and extricating himself from the most fitfully chaotic and absurd situations, Svejk represents, in his instinct for survival, all those human values which stand opposed to the utter futility of warfare. With an introduction from, and translated by, Cecil Parrott. Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed. Hardcover —. Add to Cart.
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Satirical anti-war novel in which the absurdity and hypocrisy of the military, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the church are repeatedly revealed through the main character's enthusiasm for obeying authority. There was a two-part film made in Czechoslovakia in the '50s and in Germany in I think. The Czech actor looks almost exactly like the drawings! Apparently Svejk was originally a serial character, I've added the collection of the original sketches before Hasek began the novel. I swear I've seen a version with Klaus Kinsky. Thought It was directed by Werner Herzog but I can't find any evidence of it on the interwebz. Ah, I recently gave up defeated.