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The Good Soldier Svejk

and His Fortunes in the World War

Jaroslav Hasek - Author

Cecil Parrott - Translator

Cecil Parrott - Introduction by

Josef Lada - Illustrator

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ISBN 9780140449914 | 784 pages | 27 Dec 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The subversive dark comedy that inspired Joseph Heller to write Catch 22

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