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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 )

42 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Tsjechische hoogleraar in Canada ervaart, terugkijkend op de onderdrukking in zijn land, de genoegens van een vrij en ongedwongen leven
The cowards by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

124 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in Czechoslovakia in 1958, it was banned almost immediately because of its criticism of the events surrounding the Soviet "liberation" of Czechoslovakia in 1945. It is set in the small Czechoslovak town of Kostelec during one week in May 1945 and recounts the life of Danny Smiricky. Despite the retreating Germans and advancing Soviets, Danny has only two real interests - women and jazz. Most of the book recounts Danny's interest in playing his sax and getting laid and, in that, it is like many other young-man-growing-up novels. He despises authority (of course), lusts after Irena and is, reluctantly, prepared to fight the Germans but not to liberate his country but to impress Irena
The miracle game by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

66 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 819 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
The Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cults by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

94 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 808 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 )

71 editions published between 1900 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 780 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 azáhadnou slečnou Stříbrnou, která však končí detektivním rozuzlením, v němž je odhalen především vypravěč. Kniha zachycuje atmosféru letní Prahy, jejích plováren, hřišť, nočních ulic a barů, a zaručuje poutavé i oddechové čtení
The bride of Texas by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 749 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
Dvorak in love : a light-hearted dream by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 746 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 bass saxophone : two novellas by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

40 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and held by 728 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 mournful demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

60 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These twelve bizarre mysteries involve theatrical people or musicians, and a band of mountaineers. The investigations are led by Lieutenant Boruvka of the Czechoslovakia police force, a pensive, conscience-stricken man. Followed by 'The end of Lieutenant Boruvka'
Sins for Father Knox by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Czech and Slovak short stories; selected, translated, and with an introduction by Jeanne W. Nemcová by Jeanne Němcová( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indecent dreams by Arnošt Lustig( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 434 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 end of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 384 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 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The return of Lieutenant Boruvka : a reactionary tale of crime and detection by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 324 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
Two murders in my double life by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 304 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 291 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 287 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 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.49 (from 0.28 for Contempora ... to 0.89 for Škvorecky ...)

The bride of Texas
The cowardsThe miracle gameThe Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cultsMiss Silver's pastThe bride of TexasDvorak in love : a light-hearted dreamThe bass saxophone : two novellasThe mournful demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka
Alternative Names
Burke Vladimíra 1924-2012

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שקבורצקי, יוסף 1924-2012

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