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Every night, as the short-wave radio was turned off and the latest news from Prague ended, I would get transported to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and follow the anything-but-glorious adventures of men who sang merrily while being as taken to slaughter in a war that made no sense to anyone on any level. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Svejk is very much like Baldric from Black Adder or Homer Simpson, but your never entirely sure how stupid he is. Finally, because the war’s stupidity is actually quite a serious matter, we make another discovery. Responding to the decay of the Monarchy Traditionally allies with Serbia, Russia and France, Czechs were forced during the first world war to fight for Austro-Hungary.

Yet inept governments and bumbling military leaders pressed on. The work is a collage of many styles — journalistic prose, monologues which make up anecdotal tales, slapstick comedy, stanzas from national and military songs, personal letters, official announcements and parodied newspaper articles as well as vulgar phrases in various languages.

English Choose a language for shopping. Is Svejk as ingenuous as he seems, or is he clever beyond belief? This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat Svejk monument in Poland http: He wasn’t a particularly moral man not by modern standards anywayhe seemed rather racist and bigoted and happily stole from the peasantry and Jews, which didn’t make it any easier to have to spend so much time around him. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Click here for the guide.


Yes, the drawings are in the book and add to the anarchy fun.

To deal with the absurdity of it all, you need an anti-hero. The moralizing in the end does tend to break up the monotony. Czech Wikisource has original text related to this article: I tipped my cap to the workers, who tipped their caps back at me.

The first chapter starts off with a bang – the shooting of the Archduke Ferdinand, nephew of the Austrian Emperor, and his wife at Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite. But it clearly portrays the utter pointlessness of the systematic carnage suffered by both sides of the conflict. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Or would stand there when he returned from taking the garbage out or walk out of the bathroom and just stare at his hands until he got the point that he should wash his hands. German officers were caricatured, lampooned, ridiculed and put in a bad light here but it was only because this was set during the first world war and was written by a Czech who had fought for the Austro-Hungarian empire in a losing war, was captured, and had spent several years in Russian prison camps.


But like a more contemporary Mr. There’s a freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of. Despite these flaws, it is still hilarious and very much worth your time if you want a good rollicking anti-war novel. Meanwhile individuals in power like the police and military officers are characterized as selfish, vulgar, uncouth, loutish, even brutal, sadistic and inhumane.

According to one reviewer, the translators’ intent appears to have been “to make the novel more accessible to a domestic [American] readership through a simplification of style and through additional explanatory information inserted in the text”, though finding this approach to “conflict with the spirit of the novel”.

The Good Soldier Švejk – Wikipedia

Apr 26, Auguste rated it it was amazing. Humor accents the absurdity of the events.

Private Prague Guide on YouTube. Sveyk, the seemingly good-natured and dopey Dudley-Do-Right of the Czech contingent in the Austria-Hungarian army during WWI is a well known “hero” in his home country.

The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek

This audio cd version of “Good Soldier Svejk” is an abridgement. His violent words breed violent action. Probably one of the best novels of the 20th century on war. On the cover of the book containing these tales was a coloured picture, representing a battlefield. His humour and apparent imbecility rendering him indestructible.

From tohe had seen his name in print on 40 stories.