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The Good Soldier Švejk and his Fortunes in the World War Paperback – 28 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140449914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449914
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Without Svejk, Joseph Heller has said, there would have been no Catch-22."--The Guardian

"One of the greatest works of 20th century literature."--Boston Globe

"Hasek was a comic genius."--Sunday Times (London)

"Rich and ranging, endlessly inventive. ... The predicaments of Svejk in an absurd world still continue. And the laughter echoes."--Los Angeles Times

"[Svejk] is one of the great characters of 20th-century literature. ... [Hasek] captures the flavor of life in early-century Prague. ... Hasek's honesty, clarity of detail, and pawky restraint have made The Good Soldier Svejk a near classic."--New Republic

"All the good adjectives apply to [this novel]: robust, bawdy, sly, hugely comic and astonishingly inventive; it is also singularly undemanding on its readers. ... A very funny novel and a wise one."--Newsweek

"Brilliant. ... Perhaps the funniest novel ever written."--George Monbiot

"Anyone in power, including the president would benefit from Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Svejk. ... First because it would make them laugh, and then because it is the best antiwar novel I know."--Colm Toibin

"Continues to have an astonishing afterlife. ... Commonly cited as an ancestor of Joseph Heller's Catch-22... [its] continued resonance suggests how deep a nerve Hasek touched. His comic hero highlights the illogic of war so brilliantly that Svejk's character has been absorbed into Western culture."--New York Times

"[A] comic masterpiece."--Telegraph (UK) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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