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Škvorecký, Josef 1924-2012

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The engineer of human souls : an entertainment on the old themes of life, women, fate, dreams, the working class, secret agents, love, and death by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

43 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Engineer of Human Souls is a labyrinthine comic novel that investigates the journey and plight of novelist Danny Smiricky, a Czech immigrant to Canada. As the novel begins, he is a professor of American literature at a college in Toronto. Out of touch with his young students, and hounded by the Czech secret police, Danny is let loose to roam between past and present, adopting whatever identity that he chooses or has been imposed upon him by History."--Jacket
The cowards by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

122 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Cowards " is Josef Skvorecky's blackly comic tale of post-war politics that was immediately banned on publication. In 1945, in Kostelec, Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny's life is in love with somebody else. But Danny despairs most about the bourgeoisie patriots in his town playing at revolution in the face of the approaching Red Army - not least because it ruins the band's chance of any good gigs
The Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cults by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

92 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1971, on a Czech army base, recruits refuse to attend communist indoctrination classes. Leading the revolt is Danny Smiricky, a tank commander with a PhD in philosophy. A tale full of black humor by the author of The Engineer of Human Souls
Miss Silver's past by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

75 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Román J. Škvoreckého je satirou z prostředí nakladatelské redakce, jejíž vnitřní mechanismus je deformován celým pozadím doby nedávno minulé. Základní linii tvoří milostná zápletka pražského frajera-intelektuála s krásnou a
The bass saxophone : two novellas by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

70 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two jazz-haunted novellas and a memoir of the Czechoslovakian novelist's own youthful obsession with jazz convey the irresistable lure of the music that celebrates freedom and spontaneity but was officially censured as being degenerate
The miracle game by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

59 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Czech writer in 1968 investigates the validity of a miracle that happened 20 years ago involving a statue of St. Joseph
Dvorak in love : a light-hearted dream by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles Anton Dvorak's sojourn in America at the turn of the century, when he was persuaded by Jeannette Thurber to leave his native Bohemia and become director of her National Conservatory of Music
The bride of Texas by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of 19th Century emigres flee the oppression of the Hapsburg Empire for America, where they become immersed in the chaos of the Civil War. Their story is told through the eyes of two protagonists, a young Czech woman who marries the son of a plantation owner and her soldier brother who falls in love with a slave. The novel is based on documented memories of Czech soldiers who fought for the Union in the 26th Wisconsin Battalion under General Sherman. By the author of The Engineer of Human Souls
The mournful demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

56 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Detektivní pohádka" je jakýmsi rájem pro milovníky tohoto žánru, protože je to vlastně soubor dvanácti reálných a dobře napsaných detektivních příběhů spjatých osobou "nepolicejního policisty" Borůvky. Autor, známý obhájce
Sins for Father Knox by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indecent dreams by Arnošt Lustig( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the Second World War "at the fringes and uneasy borders of his characters," the author tells of "a German prostitute assigned to Prague, a girl in a Nazi home for orphans, and a young woman working as a cashier in a movie theater [as they] lose themselves in a world of cruelty and collapsing social order while their inner worlds teem with the fascination of life--sexual fantasy, naive idealism, vengefulness, inchoate visions of justice."--Jacket
The return of Lieutenant Boruvka : a reactionary tale of crime and detection by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in Czech and English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gennem et år og tolv forskellige sager, hvoraf flere er pasticher på klassiske kriminalhistorier, følges kommissær Boruvka fra mordkommissionen i Prag i opklaringsarbejdet og privatlivet
The swell season : a text on the most important things in life by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Danny Smiricky's normal adolescent preoccupation with girls and his passion for jazz are overshadowed by Nazi terrorism in 1940's Czechoslovakia
All the bright young men and women; a personal history of the Czech cinema by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two murders in my double life by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The narrator lives in two very distinct worlds; one is a community of exiles and emigres from post-Communist Czechoslovakia, where old feuds and friendships that have lasted through wars, occupations, and revolutions still survive; and the other is the comfortable, fatuously self-congratulatory world of a Canadian university, in which grave attention is given to matters such as whether a certain male professor has left his office door open wide enough while interviewing a female student."--Jacket
Headed for the blues : a memoir by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and Czech and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tenor Saxophonist's Story reveals how all the important things in life are complicated - sometimes hilariously so - by the paranoia of Eastern bloc politics. Misguided romance, jazz, fear and betrayal are at the heart of the stories here, all narrated by a young, idealistic musician. "Truths" cleverly drives home the point that some truths are better left unsaid - especially if one is pursuing a passionate, partisan woman. "A Case for Political Inspectors" demonstrates how fear and hypocrisy can shake even the highest class levels. "Krpata's Blues" confirms that the cost of true love - not to mention your own apartment - can be dear indeed. Brash and lyrical, frightening and comic, this tenor saxophonist's riff will linger in the mind long after the final note is sounded
Closely watched trains by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Milos Hrma, a young railway junior dispatcher and signalman returning to work at a minor but strategically important Czech railway station. Milos has been away for three months, recuperating from a suicide attempt, and is warmly welcomed back by Station Master Lansky and Dispatcher Hubicka. The year is 1945, the Germans have lost command of the air-space over the town, but it remains an important rail hub for them and certain key transport trains are nominated by the German high command for "close surveillance" to ensure that they are not delayed by signals failures or problems on the lines
Jiří Menzel and the history of the Closely watched trains by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ordinary lives by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the history of Danny Smiricky as he attends two class reunions--one in 1963 and one in 1993--and the influences on his life and friends of the major political ideologies of the twentieth century
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שקבורצקי, יוסף 1924-2012

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The cowardsThe Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cultsMiss Silver's pastThe bass saxophone : two novellasThe miracle gameDvorak in love : a light-hearted dreamThe bride of TexasThe mournful demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka