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The Good Soldier Svejk

And His Fortunes in the World War

By Jaroslav Hasek, Josef Lada (Illustrated by), Cecil Parrott

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Format: Paperback, 784 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2005
In "The Good Soldier Svejk," celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hasek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian armyas most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War Iaalthough 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 Parrottas vibrant translation conveys the brilliant irreverence of this classic about a hapless Everyman caught in a vast bureaucratic machine.
aBrilliant . . . Perhaps the funniest novel ever written.a
aGeorge Monbiot

About the Author

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.

EAN: 9780140449914
ISBN: 0140449914
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.3 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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