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Description - The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

An attack on war which broadens into a satire on the ANCIEN REGIME of the Austro-Hungarian empire, THE GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK recreates the age-old figure of the simple soldier whose sheer determination to survive brings into question the mighty social and political institutions he confronts. Set in a Central Europe which has long since vanished, Hasek's novel is nevertheless a timeless portrait of the 'little man' doughtily waging his own war against authority

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857151510
ISBN-10: 1857151518
Format: Hardback
(211mm x 139mm x 45mm)
Pages: 800
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publisher: Everyman
Publish Date: 20-May-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

UK Kirkus Review » Or 'Schweik' if you prefer German. This is a comic masterpiece about a soldier who doesn't want to fight, written by a drunkard, communist and wit. It contains many, many joys - but my presonal favourite is the sketch map showing the progress of our soldier hero as he desperately tries to keep as far away from military action as possible. Reviewed by Nigel Williams The Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek lived such a dissolute life that Dylan Thomas looks like a model of sobriety by comparison. In between running around with women, getting drunk and leading a political party called, with mischievous irony, the 'Party for Moderate Progress Within the Bounds of the Law', Hasek somehow found time to write this lengthy novel originally published episodically between 1921 and 1923. Given his lifestyle, it is hardly surprising that 'The Good Soldier Svejk' is a rambling, patchy and episodic book. Happily the good bits far outweigh the bad and Hasek's ability to create brilliant archetypes - the weak authoritarian, Lieutenant Dub, the gluttonous Baloun and the Hungarian-hating Vodicka among them - is unrivalled. Greatest of the book's characters is, of course, the enigmatic Svejk himself. Is he really an idiot, or is he just pretending to undermine authority? At the end, we are none the wiser. Reviewed by Harry Pearson (Kirkus UK)


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