Jushura The beginning — attractive and active, but pages into the book I was lost and angry. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens. Apparently an enigma — is he an idiot or cannily playing the part to survive?

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He is transferred to a hospital for malingerers because of his rheumatism. Oxford English Dictionary 3rd ed. He is arrested by a member of the state police, Bretschneider, after making some politically insensitive remarks, and is sent to prison. The novel is also the subject of an unpublished operetta by Peter Gammond. Illustration by Josef Lada. Censorship, Indirect translations and Non-translation.

The first translation by Paul Selver was heavily abridged, reducing the novel to about two thirds of its original length. After being certified insane he is transferred to a madhouse, before being ejected.

Many German- and Polish-speaking characters, for example, are shown as speaking comedically broken or heavily accented Czech, while many Czechs speak broken German; much use is also made of slang expressions. Retrieved 20 September He is also promoted to company orderly. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fifteen million people died in the War, one million of them Austro-Hungarian soldiers including aroundwho were Czechs. Brecht Collected Plays 7. Narrowly avoiding execution, he manages to rejoin his unit.

This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat Satireblack comedy. Novels were published until Other symbols of Liberty. Many of its characters, especially the Czechs, are participating in a conflict they do not understand on behalf of an empire to which they have no loyalty. Ek other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Views Read Edit View history. The book is also the most translated novel of Czech literature: Through possibly feigned idiocy or incompetence he repeatedly manages to frustrate military authority and expose its stupidity in a form of passive resistance: People are often distinguished by the dialect and register of Czech or German they svemk, a quality that does not translate easily.

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