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ISBN: 0690004664
Author: Jaroslav Hasek
Language: English
Publisher: Crowell; First U. S. Edition edition (1974)
Pages: 752
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
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The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek. Translated by Cecil Parrott.

The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek. The recommendation came in part because my family originates from the same country as the author. The Hard book volume I have contains the full volume in 4 parts and 800 pages that ends incomplete because of the authors death. Even though incomplete the work still stands well as it is and doesn't disappoint.

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 army’s most loyal Czech soldier when. Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army’s 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.

The Good Soldier Švejk is the abbreviated title of an unfinished satirical dark comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek. The original Czech title of the work is Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války, literally The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War. Švejk has become a byword in the Czech Republic.

The Good Soldier Svejk Intervenes in the Great Wa.

The Good Soldier Svejk Intervenes in the Great War. 3. The Good Soldier Svejk at Police Headquarters. Even though Jaroslav Hasek wrote a large number of short stories, his fame rests mainly on his satirical novel The Good Soldier Schweik (1920-23), in which he created the fat and cowardly war who personified Czech bitterness toward Austria in World War I. The humorous complications in which Schweik becomes involved derive from. Hasek's own experience; his work as a journalist was interrupted by war and, like Schweik, he became a soldier. Eventually, he was taken prisoner by the Russians.

Описание: Jaroslav Hasek is best known for his satirical masterpiece, "The Good Soldier Svejk". All the world has heard of Svejk, but few are familiar with the countless other characters Hasek created in his stories and sketches. This title presents some of these characters

Описание: Jaroslav Hasek is best known for his satirical masterpiece, "The Good Soldier Svejk". This title presents some of these characters. It also features a selection from his Bugulma stories.

the good soldier: Schweik. Translated by PAUL SELVER. Illustrated by JOSEPH LADA. BOOK I. 1. Schweik, the Good Soldier, Intervenes in the Great War. "So they've killed Ferdinand," said the charwoman to Mr. Schweik who, having left the army many years before, when a military medical board had declared him to be chronically feebleminded, earned a livelihood by the sale of dogs-repulsive mongrel monstrosities for whom he forged pedigrees.

The Good Soldier Svejk is a story about an idiot with rheumatism and a penchant for telling pointless stories .

The Good Soldier Svejk is a story about an idiot with rheumatism and a penchant for telling pointless stories who is drafted to fight in WWI. He wanders around Czechoslovakia getting arrested and.

Discover "perhaps the funniest novel ever written" (The Guardian ), now beautifully reissued. The classic comic novel of the First World Wa. -. -The New Yorker - "A literary masterpiece. Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Svejk follows the adventures of Josef Svejk, a boisterous and sometimes bumbling (or brilliantly subversive?).

arriving at the front lines, always with a bizarre-and often hilarious-anecdote at the ready.

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The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek.

Translated by Cecil Parrott.

This book was recommended by a friend of mine who come from Russia and had previously read a translation in Russian, which I can only guess might be closer to the native language. The recommendation came in part because my family originates from the same country as the author.

The Hard book volume I have contains the full volume in 4 parts and 800 pages that ends incomplete because of the authors death. Even though incomplete the work still stands well as it is and doesn't disappoint. It may well have inspired me to go on and read Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt 1725-1798 which also is incomplete for a number of reasons, although it's much much much longer when you find the entire set.

When I searched it out I found this volume translated by Cecil Parrott it promised to have the entire volume as written by Jaroslav Hasek up to his untimely death. Cecil Parrott's credentials seem quite impressive and I felt that the closest translation I might get, that I could read, might well be this one.

I believe Parrott does well in that the best recollections I can obtain from my friend as I read through seem to be as narrowly close to what he remembers. The reason for the need for a clear translation is that this is a darkly satirical work that pokes fun not so much at the first world war as it does at the political structure that brought it about and then goes on to poke at the intelligence structure of the military that seems at most times to bumble through the entire mess at the expense of the foot soldiers who seem to be considered of less value and worth to them than their counterparts in the enemies advancing columns.

Even so Cecil Parrott himself admits there are some parts that are difficult at best to translate that may often take the bite out of the humor. Much of this seems to be in the translation of many of the couched insults that are passed between the various languages that are showcased from the ethnic backgrounds of the surrounding theater of war. These are things that may not even travel that well between the original and the Russian translation and require extensive discussion to begin to get the feel of them.

What does translate through though is the irreverence for the church and clergy and perhaps this stands well as one of those works that best describes the disparity between piety in like religions on both side of a war. Religions that seem to collude in treating foot-soldiers as though they are the worst of heathens leading to the ridiculousness of trying to reconcile how they can believe they will win the war with gods help while employing heathens. Their reasoning only becomes clear as I understand that it's because the the true heathens are the ones giving the troops gods blessing.

There have been comparisons of this work to Joseph Heller's Catch 22 that I might differ with. I will admit that there seems to be some credibility to the claim that Joseph Heller was inspired by this book. Where The Good Soldier Svejk might be a dark satire of the first world war it does not seem to endeavor to shock as much as Heller's Catch 22. And I did not feel as close a touch with the culture and world of world war 2 in Catch 22 as I felt viewing the landscape of world war 1 in The Good Soldier Svejk.

I felt the satire of Catch 22 was more in line with contemporaries such as the film Dr. Strangelove in its darkness but less absurd than Dr. Strangelove. The satire of The Good Soldier Svejk is a different animal that though dark it seems more lighthearted than Catch 22 and though in many cases it showcases the ridiculous it is not quite as absurd as Dr. Strangelove. I can attribute that in part to the nature of the character Svejk.

Svejk is a simple man who is somehow complex while being considered an imbecile by those around him. What is the most interesting in his character is that as he goes through life he seems to just float around with tides of events that shape his life as though he has few cares in the world. But, it's the stories that he feels so free about telling that make this man understandable to me. He is full of analogues and honestly some of them I didn't quite always catch the point or at least how that point was supposed to be highlighting the subject matter that brought it on. In his forward Cecil Parrott does admit that while translating the book he felt that the authors narrative often digressed and that might be attributed to his heavy drinking while writing. If there is merit to that I would suggest that there might be a number of the analogues that grew out of that as much as they came from necessity of Svejk to make a point.

The one troublesome thing to me was that for some reason I felt the analogues belonged to Svejk and unfortunately there are a few other characters who were allowed to go off on a tangent now and then.

Svejk's story begins when he is in a public establishment expressing his view that the assassination of Ferdinand was going to lead to war- this declaration along with other too free speech leads to his arrest. Along with several others who are similarly awaiting conviction for crimes against the monarchy.

Eventually, and even though he physically is unsound, he's inducted into the army. This takes a circuitous route through the medical community of the times, whose job seems to be to uncover every fraudulent illness in all the shirkers at whatever means possible including various forms of torture.

Svejk doesn't seem at most times to care where he ends up in the system and he seems more interested in consoling himself with his own analogies. For this he is considered an idiot and an imbecile. But, clearly all of the people around him seem to be comedic caricatures that might mirror some of the people that Hasek has run across in his own life. Their absurdness is drawn out to a point of the ridiculous to demonstrate how that contributes to the inefficiency of the command staff in charge of the army.

I found the first part and the last part the most interesting, which in a way contained the disappointment that the last part is incomplete. The middle two parts are mostly the long route taken to get to the front where the battle is. There is a lot of detail about the conditions of the country at that time and the accessibility of provisions for the troops and the problem of morale and morals within the ranks. Svejk a few times uses the phrase six of one half dozen of another, which prompted me to look up the etymology of the phrase and find it's possible it was an exact translation. The reason I mention this is because often in the story the people caught between the troops in the war may have thought of each sides presence in their province in that six of one half a dozen of the other way. Conditions were poor and often it seemed to be in part because of the incompetence of the military and though I only saw the military of one side it might be easy to translate this assessment over to them in this tale.

I enjoyed this book and much if not all of the humor made it through; even through my thick self. Anyone who enjoys historical novels and loves satires and can enjoy dark humor which to some may not seem like humor at all then this book will entertain. If the reader is like myself it will take a few days to a week or two to trudge through. There was a possibility that some of the flavor of the humor was seasoned by contact with the British humor of the translator so perhaps someone of that ilk might be able to steer through the murky water a bit more quickly. All in all I'd recommend this translation to all who are forced by necessity and perhaps their own laziness to read it in English. You won't be forced to read it as it does entertain.

J.L. Dobias
Vaua
I bought this book because Professor Liulevicius of the Great Courses (Teaching Company) described it as the best book to come out of WWI. It is fun. But it doesn't really go anywhere. Any random 100 pages would suffice to get the flavor, and any additional reading adds very little. Perhaps equal to the book itself is the introductory biography of the author, which reads more like fiction than a life that a modern reader can imagine as possible.
Kulalbine
Outstanding,, funny and historically reflects the attitude of the people of the Austrian - Hungarian empire during WW1. Is Svejik brilliant or stupid. I believe he is much smarter then the officers that tell him he is a half wit. After reading it I now want to get the audio version. If you like history and great humor you will love this book..
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Arar
This firsthand account of service in WWI by a gifted Bohemian intellectual, is recounted as ironic blind-drunk adventure. The intensity of passion behind this satire is barely sane. Hasek's actual experiences as a philandering drunken swindler, seditious conscript and gadfly are recounted mercilessly.

Like all great art, this book powerfully imposes a flavor of thought, a viewpoint so natural and compelling that before you know it, you can never go back. Without this book you will never understand the meaning of the word "Bohemian". Franz Kafka wrote and lived at the same time and place as Hasek, but Kafka was sincere and guilty; precisely, explicitly, imtimately doomed. Hasek was equally doomed, but rather than expressing tortured humanity, he dove into his sorry fate, becoming an ironic, shifty fool, living for the next beer or chicken leg, devouring and slathering the madness like a starved pig. The parallax between Kafka and Hasek creates a complete landscape of the time.

The adventures of good Svejk only touch on the first few years of Hasek's real "anabasis". Hasek's own life became even more ludicrous and incredible than his book. It is perhaps good Hasek died before he could revel absurdly in the likely gruesome deaths of his ridiculous, pathetic, real comrades. Hasek himself slogged and drank and conned his way through the purges and famines following the war, switching sides several times narrowly avoiding assassination and execution for treason from all sides. But, the story ends just about as it should, as our drunken raconteur passes out in mid-sentence.

The mass psychological effect of this book are greater than its explicit literary influences, but even they are considerable. "Catch-22" is an open homage to "The Good Soldier Svejk". Toole's classic "Confederacy of Dunces" could hardly exist without Svejk. In turn, Hasek's use of ironic gung-ho naivete, his immersion in a culture of relentless, systematic, bizarre cruelty, his appropriately obscene humor, his recreation of the salty dialects and usages of real personalities, owes a debt to Mark Twain.

W.R. Isaacs
Dibei
Funniest passage I've ever read is the part where Svejk ( pronounced svake , like bake ) , and the railway conductor both have their hand on the emergency stop pull-lever , and ' somehow ' the train stops . It would have been a great silent comedy gag .
Kalv
Excellent translation of an interesting book full of specific central European humor.
Ral
This is wonderfully unexpected experience of an uneducated soldier in the Czech Army who is constantly getting into trouble but who really has more common sense than most of the leadership. It is about his meanderings trying to find his unit again and every episode is interesting and silly at the same time. You can read this book over a long period of time because each episode is like a separate little story in itself. I recommend it very highly. Excellent!
if you like slaughter house five you will love this book...

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