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- DescriptionJaroslav Hasek is a Czech writer most famous for his wickedly funny, widely read yet incomplete vel The Good Soldier Svejk , a series of absurdist vignettes about a recalcitrant soldier in World War I. Hasek - in spite of a life of bufoonery and debauchery - was remarkably prolific. He wrote hundreds of short stories that all display both his extraordinary gift for satire and his profound distrust of authority. Here, in a new English translation, is a series of short stories based on Hasek's experiences as a Red Commissar in the Russian Civil War and his return to Czechoslovakia. First published in the Prague Tribune , these nine stories are considered to be some of his best, and they provide delightful entertainment as well as important background and insight into The Good Soldier Svejk . This collection, by a writer some refer to as a Bolshevik Mark Twain, is much more than a tool for understanding Hasek's better-kwn vel; it is a significant work in its own right. Behind the Lines focuses on the Russian town of Bugulma and takes aim, with mordant wit, at the absurdities of a revolution. A hidden gem remarkable for its modern, ribald sense of humor, Behind the Lines is an enjoyable, fast-paced collection of great literary and historical value.
- Author BiographyJaroslav Hasek (1883-1923) was a Czech satirist who wrote over 1,400 short stories, as well as the novel The Good Soldier Svejk. Mark Corner is an author and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
- Author(s)Jaroslav Hasek
- PublisherKarolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
- Date of Publication16/11/2012
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationOvocny
- Country of PublicationCzech Republic
- ImprintKarolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
- Content Note38 halftones
- Weight404 g
- Width137 mm
- Height188 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Translated byMark Corner
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