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The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War (Penguin Classics)
Author: Jaroslav Hasek
ISBN 13: 9780140449914
ISBN 10: 140449914
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 784
List Price: $18.00
 
 

In The Good Soldier Svejk, celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hasek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War I—although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards and getting drunk, he uses all his cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the police, clergy, and officers who chivy him toward battle. Cecil Parrott's vibrant translation conveys the brilliant irreverence of this classic about a hapless Everyman caught in a vast bureaucratic machine.
“Brilliant . . . Perhaps the funniest novel ever written.”
—George Monbiot