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The Good Soldier Svejk

 
 
Author
Jaroslav Hasek. Cecil Parrott, trans. Josef Lada, illus.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780140449914
Pages/Publication Date 752/2005
Daedalus Item Code 49340
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Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hašek (1883–1923) took up a wandering life, earning a reputation as a comic character and a practical joker. His literary career was interrupted by World War I—much of which he spent in a Russian prison camp—and when he resumed writing it was to produce his satirical magnum opus The Good Soldier Švejk. Only four of his planned six volumes were completed, but that is enough; the good-natured and garrulous Švejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier, although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards and getting drunk, Švejk uses all his cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the police, clergy, and officers who chivy him toward battle. Cecil Parrott's translation—with the original cartoon illustrations by Josef Lada—conveys the brilliant irreverence of Hašek's ribald picaresque about a hapless Everyman in a vast bureaucratic machine.
 
 
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