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Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk During the World War, Book One [Kindle Edition]

Jaroslav Hasek , Emmett M. Joyce , Zdenek "Zenny" K. Sadlon
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It appears that we still believe, as Jaroslav Hašek wrote in his Introduction to Book One, that "Great times demand great people." Once again we "can run into a shabby man in the streets . . . who himself has no idea of the significance he actually has in the history of the great new era." The difference is that nowadays it might be the streets of any city anywhere on this planet, not only Prague, and the new era is not that of nation states rising out of the ashes of the decrepit monarchies after the Great War to End All Wars, but the new age of globalism.

"The Good Soldier Svejk" is a picaresque series of tales about an ordinary man's successful quest to survive, and to enjoy life in the face of the endless absurdities imposed on him by the effects of the complex institutions of modern society that magnify the rational and moral shortcomings of individuals in direct proportion to their positions in the hierarchies they are a part of.

The novel is not about Josef Švejk but about the situations he gets into. He is merely a device through which the reader experiences these situations. The reader lends his own experiences to provide the famously missing "inner life" to Švejk. The reader will view the World of Švejk through his own experiences and awareness. The novel is a virtual reality and the character of Josef Švejk is the port through which the reader gets there. And, as Chicago author Don DeGrazia wrote, the novel “will forever have everyday people doubled-up with the painful laughter of recognition".

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"[This] new translation is so joyful and audacious in its headlong hurtle through Hasek's story that it deserves to become the standard English version". -- The Oregonian, December 24, 2000

'Svejk,' a biting anti-war tale of a survival-bent Everyman, gets an English retelling that captures the charm of the original Czech novel. -- The Chicago Tribune, August 9, 2000

The resurrection of the Good Soldier Svejk. New translation brings classic comedy to life. . . the diction . . . flows naturally . . . is a "must read". -- Richard Seltzer, July 19,2000

From the Author

This new translation and rendition of The Good Soldier Svejk is our attempt to make this Central European masterwork accessible to the modern reader of English. There have been two other attempts and both are, in our opinion, failures in both practice and spirit. We consider this both an injustice to Jaroslav Hasek and a tragedy for those denied the insight and enjoyment of a hilarious and rollicking modern classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Keenan, Sadlon & Lord, Inc. (28 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD6A5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as... 11 July 2011
This is a fabulous book, but this particular translation is not as entertaining as the Cecil Parrott translation from Penguin Classics.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did they bother? 2 Oct. 2011
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"Svejk" is one of the funniest and most poignant books ever written, and Sadlon and Joyce have ruined it in their translation.The language is stilted when it should be joyous, the most comical situations are lost and, incredibly, the marvellous illustrations by Lada which Hasek so admired are not even included. Buy the Cecil Parrott translation published in 1973 which is superb. I have read it 13 times and still laugh out loud at some passages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amusing tale and well worth reading from a little known author. The style was very simple and easy to follow whilst the author commented upon the stupidity of those in authority.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 25 Jan. 2014
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I read the original translation some 40 odd years ago and found the reread equally funny. Of disappointment is the absence of illustrations at the start of each chapter in this new edition.
The principal appeal of the book is how an underdog, an apparent imbecile to all concerned, outsmarted various authorities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to me one of the best 15 May 2013
By jana
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guess being czech myself i loved this book, read it few times in original, just wanted to know how its translated..... and its good, very good actually
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