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The Good Soldier Svejk: And His Fortunes in the World War
By Jaroslav Hasek, Cecil Parrott (trans) and Josef Lada (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date December 27, 2005
Pages 752
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140449914
ISBN-10 0140449914
Dimensions 1.50 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 1.18 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $18.00
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Summary
Hasek's most important work was centered around the deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army. Dsmissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Jaroslav Hašek's black satire, the inspiration for such works as Joseph Heller's Catch-22

Good-natured and garrulous, Švejk becomes the Austro-Hungarian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards, getting drunk and becoming a general nuisance, the resourceful Švejk uses all his natural cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the doctors, police, clergy and officers who chivvy him towards battle. The story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine, The Good Soldier Švejk combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war. Cecil Parrott's vibrant, unabridged and unbowdlerized translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing Hašek's turbulent life as an anarchist, communist and vagranty, and the Everyman character of Švejk. This edition also includes a guide to Czech names, maps and original illustrations by Josef Ladas.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Hardcover
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from Bentley Pub (June 1, 1980)
9780434313754 | details & prices | List price $18.00
About: Translates the iconoclastic Czech's classic satire depicting the adventures of a soldier during the First World War.
Paperback
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With Josef Lada (other contributor), Cecil Parrott (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (December 27, 2005); titled "The Good Soldier Svejk: And His Fortunes in the World War"
9780140449914 | details & prices | 752 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Hasek's most important work was centered around the deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army.
Reprint edition from Viking Pr (June 1, 1985)
9780140182743 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Translates the iconoclastic Czech's classic satire depicting the adventures of a soldier during the First World War

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