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This autobiography in stories, " When Eve Was Naked," takes us through a most remarkable life, from the innocence of prewar Prague through the horrors of the Nazi occupation and World War II. In the title story, narrated by Skvorecky's alter-ego Danny Smiricky, seven-year-old Danny falls in love for the first time; at sixteen he hides in a railway station and watches as his Jewish teacher is herded onto a train and taken away; and in 1968, as Russian tanks rolled into Prague, Skvorecky flees Czechoslovakia, taking Danny with him. In the collection's final stories, Danny begins his tenure as Professor Smiricky at a Canadian university and attempts to come to terms with the politically innocent and self-centered youth that flock to his courses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312421731
ISBN-10: 0312421737
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Josef Skvorecky

Josef Skvorecky is the author of "The Bass Saxophone" and "The Engineer of Human Souls," among other works. He is the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and Canada's Governor General's Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, and Venice, Florida.

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