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Jaroslav Hašek (1883–1923)

Autor(a) de The Good Soldier Svejk

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About the Author

Even though Jaroslav Hasek wrote a large number of short stories, his fame rests mainly on his satirical novel The Good Soldier Schweik (1920--23), in which he created the fat and cowardly dog-catcher-gone-to-war who personified Czech bitterness toward Austria in World War I. The humorous mostrar mais complications in which Schweik becomes involved derive from Hasek's own experience; his work as a journalist was interrupted by war and, like Schweik, he became a soldier. Eventually, he was taken prisoner by the Russians. Later he returned to Prague as a communist to work as a free-lance writer. At his death he had completed only four "Schweik" novels of a projected six. Martin Esslin has said, "Schweik is more than a mere character; he represents a basic human attitude. Schweik defeats the powers that be, the whole universe in its absurdity, not by opposing but by complying with them. . . In the end the stupidity of the authorities, the idiocy of the law are ruthlessly exposed." The character of Schweik made a tremendous impression on Bertolt Brecht, who transformed his name to use him afresh in the play Schweyk in the Second World War. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) The Good Soldier Svejk (Schweik, Schwejk, Svejkin...) was written as 4 volumes. Modern editions are often a selection from all of them, but let's try to keep those published as the original volumes separate.

Image credit: Jaroslav Hašek in his twenties


Obras por Jaroslav Hašek

The Good Soldier Svejk (-0001) 3,546 exemplares
The Red Commissar (1981) 96 exemplares
The Good Soldier Svejk Vol 3-4 (1922) 53 exemplares
De mensenhandelaar van Amsterdam (1970) 24 exemplares
Geniaalne idioot (2020) 10 exemplares
Meine Beichte (1974) 9 exemplares
Dekameron (1975) 8 exemplares
Schwejkiaden (1969) 5 exemplares
Aventures de l'armée rouge (2000) 4 exemplares
El buen soldado Shveik (2016) 3 exemplares
Racconti (2006) 3 exemplares
Školní výlet 2 exemplares
Köpek Suratli Maymun (2016) 2 exemplares
Ein Silvester der Abstinenzler: Erzählungen (2001) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Drie verhalen (2014) 2 exemplares
Satiry a humoresky 2 exemplares
SEBASTIAN SI LUMEA LUI (2014) 2 exemplares
Šťastný domov (2012) 1 exemplar
Idylky z pekla 1 exemplar
Moje zpověď 1 exemplar
Der lila Blitz 1 exemplar
La vanidad humana (1900) 1 exemplar
Povídky 1 1 exemplar
Povídky 2 1 exemplar
Degustacja w piwiarni (1993) 1 exemplar
Vesele povidky (1999) 1 exemplar
Рассказы 1 exemplar
De Prague à Budapest (1996) 1 exemplar
Cuentos de Hasek 1 exemplar
Opere (2014) 1 exemplar
Fialový hrom 1 exemplar
Das ||Hašek-Lesebuch (2008) 1 exemplar
Galerie karikatur 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk in Bildern. (1978) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Piirakkasota; valikoima huumoria — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Hašek, Jaroslav
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Lipnice, Czech Republic
Czech Republic
País (no mapa)
Czech Republic
Local de nascimento
Prague, Czech Republic
Local de falecimento
Lipnice nad Sázavou, Czech Republic
Causa da morte
heart failure
Locais de residência
Prague, Czech Republic (then Bohemia)
Lipnice, Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia)
Czech-Slavonic Business Academy

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Czech writer and humorist Jaroslav Hašek became internationally known for his novel The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War (1923). He was also the author of approximately fifteen hundred stories, sketches, and newspaper columns; in addition, he wrote plays for cabarets. Hašek's work was closely linked to his unconventional lifestyle, which became the subject of many stories and legends that Hašek himself helped to create. In his best works, the spontaneity of his storytelling and overall ironic detachment indicate his belief in unpretentiousness and tolerance.
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The Good Soldier Svejk (Schweik, Schwejk, Svejkin...) was written as 4 volumes. Modern editions are often a selection from all of them, but let's try to keep those published as the original volumes separate.



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Ich lach mich futsch! Eine unglaublich witzige Satire auf k. u k., die österreichische Bürokratie und allgemeine Idiotien der Armee. Die wunderbarsten Flüche finden sich hier.
Der erste Teil ist der beste, den vierten Teil kann man sich auch sparen..
sunforsiberia | 61 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
First, will say there are a couple of misogynist bits and one particularly bad racist page right near the start of volume 2 chapter 3 that can easily be skipped

Overall there are lots of laugh out moments. The rambling anecdotes of Svejk are inane and "utter tripe" as Lieutenant Lukas describes them but Hasek (and the translator) writes the stories fluently so that even when there's not really a joke they're a pleasure to read. I think in general the only wider criticism I have against it there's too much filler where nothing is happening - it's still fine to read, just could easily have been 5 star with a bit of trimming. The humour is great mostly and the regular juxtaposition of a light-hearted story with a deadly conclusion is always striking. The general illustration of the absurdity and futility of war and militaries in general is great and shown through many funny vignettes.… (mais)
tombomp | 61 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
Not quite as satisfying on a reread, but still one of the great 20th Century picaresques and a seminal war satire, passing the baton directly from Simplicissimus to the likes of Heller and Eastlake. The characters are indelible: the terminally uptight Lt Dub, the apelike, arm-swinging glutton Baloun, the long-suffering but essentially noble Lt Lukáš, and of course Švejk himself with his inexhaustible fund of pointless anecdotes and reductio ad absurdums, a kind of super-moronic Sancho Panza (to Lukáš' Quixote?) whose response to the idiocy of endless war is to meet it on its own idiotic, interminable terms.

Hašek's disgust for the role of the Church in war is extremely palpable. Here he is describing some prayer-cards, penned by the Archbishop of Budapest and distributed to the men by a couple of well-meaning old ladies:

According to the venerable archbishop the merciful Lord ought to cut the Russians, British, Serbs, French and Japanese into mincemeat, and make a paprika goulash out of them. The merciful Lord ought to bathe in the blood of the enemies and murder them all, as the ruthless Herod had done with the Innocents.

His Eminence, the Archbishop of Budapest, used in his prayers such beautiful sentences as for instance: 'God bless your bayonets that they may pierce deeply into your enemies' bellies. May the most just Lord direct the artillery fire onto the heads of the enemy staffs. May merciful God grant that all your enemies choke in their own blood from the wounds which you will deal them!'

And although the plot, such as it is, never makes it to any actual combat (I wonder if it would have done had the author lived to complete it?), the horror of the front is never far away. Here's an anonymous character in a discussion on the prevalence of shit on the battlefield:

'And a dead man, who lay on top of the cover with his legs hanging down and half of whose head had been torn off by shrapnel, just as though he'd been cut in half, he too in the last moment shitted so much that it ran from his trousers over his boots into the trenches mixed with blood. And half his skull together with his brains lay right underneath. A chap doesn't even notice how it happens to him.'

Ultimately though, Švejk is a pre-postmodern work, the theatre of war meeting the theatre of the absurd. Exchanges like this, very near the end of the book, capture the spirit of it, I think:

Vaněk asked with interest:

'How long do you think the war will go on, Švejk?'

'Fifteen years,' answered Švejk. 'That's obvious because once there was a thirty years' war and now we're twice as clever as they were before.'

And at its heart, amid all the inanity, the tedium, the degradations, if you squint very hard, there's a kernel of something decent:

Lieutenant Lukáš walked along the track thinking: 'I ought to have given him a few on the jaw, but instead I've been gossiping with him as though he were a friend.'
… (mais)
2 vote
yarb | 61 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2023 |
Couldn’t get into this. The side stories are to frequent and drove me crazy. Which may have well been the author’s point. But not for me
vdt_melbourne | 61 outras críticas | Jul 2, 2023 |



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