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Hasek is a master of parody and farce,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War (Twentieth Century Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
THis is a piece of WW1 fiction with a differnce. It like the rest is portarying the nastiness of war. Yet Hasek does this in a fashion where he does not expose the horrors that undoubtedly occured,he merely shows the absurdity of war, the ridiculous nature of bureaucracy and for me reminicses about the sheer irony of life.
I think that in one sense this book can be compared to another great czech writer, Kafka in that it shows the individual up against this faceless system which seems to mercilessly persectute a person for being themselves. This theme is evident in both the writers works. However whist Kafka seems to dwell in a pit of self absorbtion and shivering paranoia Hasek laughs at it, shameless mocking the entire concept. The value of the book rests however on the pure enjoyment one gains from reading it, the smirking laughter it induces and the broad grins are in reality the sole reason to read this brilliant book.
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