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The twin forces of global economy and world culture are having quite an impact on traditional national and ethnic cultures, making universal communication both necessary and possible.

The message of Švejk, one man surviving absurdity, is universal. As English is the lingua franca of the present times, a good English translation of Jaroslav Hašek’s modern classic could serve to provide a universal good.

 
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" So they've done it to us,"  said the cleaning woman to Mr. Svejk. " They've killed our Ferdinand."  . . . " They killed him in Sarajevo, Mr. Svejk. They shot him with a revolver as he was riding with that archduchess of his in an automobile."

 

Homeland Security, Old-World Style

"The Austrian Ministry of Interior devised the following grades of loyalty and steadfastness toward the Monarchy: Ia, Ib, Ic—IIa, IIb, IIc—IIIa, IIIb, IIIc—IVa, IVb, IVc. The last Roman numeral, four, in connection with the letter a meant high treason and the rope, with the letter b internment, and with c an order to monitor and lock up the perpetrator.

"In the State police Station Chief’s desk there were to be found all kinds of forms and records. The Government wanted to know of each citizen how it was thought of."
                                                Book Two, Chapter 2

 

What better way to "close the books" on the twentieth century, than by looking back at where it all began?  So, kick off your shoes, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy.
While he was waiting, Svejk looked over the judge advocate's office. It did not create a very favorable impression, especially the photographs that adorned its walls. They were pictures of various actions taken by the army in Galicia and Serbia. They were carefully composed photographs of burnt-out cottages, and of trees with branches straining from the weight of the human bodies hanging from them. Especially cute was a photograph from Serbia featuring an entire family who had been hanged: a small boy, a mother, a father. In the picture, two soldiers with bayonets stood guarding the tree with this entire family hanging in it. In the foreground stood an officer posturing like a victor, smoking a cigarette. In the background, a field kitchen could be seen, hard at work.

Read the great review of our superior "must read" translation of this modern classic that is on the New York Public Library's list of "100 Best Books" and many other such lists.

 
 


Right here!

Here is where the
madness
began.

The more things change the more they remain the same ...

1930s

The German National Socialists, a.k.a. "nazis", burned the Svejk books.

1970s

The Communist leader of occupied Czechoslovakia exhorted the people to stop acting like Svejk.

2011

The President of the "democratic" Czech Republic "totally rejects svejk, svejking and svejkian views of the world".

A fan of svejk wrote in response to the latest news:

"The ruling classes, the governing classes and the officer classes will all reject svejk. They cannot control or predict his behaviour. He is not a sheep to be led to the slaughter. He plays with them rather than they play with all of us. I love svejk and I love his attitude. Long live Svejk, down with tyrants, even democratic ones."