Friday, January 04, 2013

Spol Skecial Švejk

According to the Torygraph, it was 90 years ago yesterday that the bohemian writer Jaroslav Hašek, author of the comic masterpiece The Adventures Of The Good Soldier Švejk died.

I've revered the book since I was in University; an interlude that often seems about ninety years ago itself.

While I am on the subject, Professor Sir Cecil Parrott (crazy name, crazy guy!) wrote a fine biography of the truant, rebel, vagabond, anarchist, play-actor, practical joker, bohemian (and Bohemian), alcoholic, traitor to the Czech legion, Bolshevik and bigamist author in The Bad Bohemian: A Life of Jaroslav Hašek, Creator of the Good Soldier Švejk.

The story in that of Hašek's real but satirical political campaign with his "Party of Moderate Progress within the Bounds of the Law" is as funny as anything in his fiction.

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