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The Engineer Of Human Souls: An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life,Women,Fate,Dreams,the Working Class, Secret Agents,Love and Death (Vintage Classics) [Paperback]

Josef Skvorecky
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17 Mar 1994 Vintage Classics
THE ENGINEER OF HUMAN SOULS spins its own story from the torn entrails of Central Europe. yet what emerges is comedy - clack, grimacing and explosively funny, as peculiarly middle European as the despairing wit of prague's own Franz Kafka' Time

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (17 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099386410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099386414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a relief to read him, to know that there are still writers like him who have things to say that are vitally important for all of us . . . What he writes about rivets the soul. --Alan Sillitoe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical - a book to touch the soul 19 April 2001
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Well,it would appear that this is not one of the world's best sellers, but the world is missing out. This is a beautiful book. I have read this 3 or 4 times and would happily do so again. It's a book that looks at the past with nostalgia and the present with humour but a tinge of sadness. Josef Skvorecky runs through three stages of a life - war time Tcheckoslovakia, under the communists and finally in exile. This is a glorious magical work to touch the soul and leave it enriched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 23 Aug 2002
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World war two and the communist occupation of czechslovakia as seen through the eyes of a talented writer living in Canada. This is a wonderfully relaxing, yet informative read filled with literary references. Quite possibly this is the masterpiece that the writer makes reference to wanting to write throughout the story. I definitely recommend that you buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 5 Jun 2003
An epic work, a meditation of life under dictatorship and in the 'free' west. A tale of the failings of Communism but also the drawbacks of capitalism. Milan Kundera has said that he belives The Engineer of Human Souls to be one of his favourite works.I'd recoomend this to all.
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