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Škvorecký, Josef

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Most widely held works by Josef Škvorecký
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 1,340 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 miracle game by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

60 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 870 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
Miss Silver's past by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

72 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 822 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
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 779 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 )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 776 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 bass saxophone by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

46 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two haunting, poetic novellas that comprise The Bass Saxophonebrilliantly evoke the comedy and sadness of life under the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships. They are prefaced by a remarkable memoir of Skvorecky's jazz-obsessed youth. Jazz is a symbol of freedom in both these novellas. In Emoke, which is set in the shadow of the Communist regime, jazz becomes the means by which a jaded young man plots the seduction of a mysterious girl enmeshed in superstition and the occult. Spurned, but fascinated, he is drawn into her tortured existence until catapulted into the final bitter comedy. In The Bass Saxophone a young Czechoslovakian student living under the rule of the Nazis is lured by his love of jazz - the "forbidden music"--Into secretly and dangerously playing in a German band, with bizarre and unexpected results. Written with the lyrical intensity of a great jazz performance, these two extraordinary novellas are among Skvorecky's finest works
The Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cults by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

40 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skvorecky's raucous account of life on a Czech army base brings to mind Catch - 22 and proves that the black humor of enlisted men is nearly universal. Written in 1971, the novel, whose title refers to the state to which the Czechs sank under Soviet occupation, also has an anguished side. Set in the tumultuous 1950s, it details the rebellion of recruits who refuse to attend political indoctrination meetings and are bent on sabotaging their military exercises. Danny Smiricky, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy (and who has served as the author's alter-ego in several novels, including The Engineer of Human Souls ), proves a perfect foil for the microcosm of humanity that has washed up at the base. A tank commander, Smiricky is nearly through with his military service and seems unfazed by the mayhem going on around him. Though Smiricky is no saint--he sleeps with an officer's wife and goes AWOL in order to see his girlfriend in Prague--his behavior seems mild compared to the rambunctious prank-playing of the other recruits. The author pokes fun at everyone--the suspicious, often illiterate enlistees; Czech officers ludicrously bent on aping their Soviet superiors; the Soviet general who arrives to supervise military exercises and proceeds to get drunk--and this hilarious novel should appeal to a readership beyond the usual fans of Czech literature. -- From (Feb. 9, 2015)
The mournful demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

39 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 603 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
The end of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

28 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The swell season : a text on the most important things in life by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

47 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 542 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
Sins for Father Knox by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indecent dreams by Arnošt Lustig( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 442 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 )

28 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in Czech and English and held by 419 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 )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 390 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
All the bright young men and women; a personal history of the Czech cinema by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Headed for the blues : a memoir by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and Czech and held by 290 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 282 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
The cowards by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

52 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nové, v jednotlivostech částečně přepracované vydání románu, který se při svém prvním vyjití stal terčem ostré kritiky. Vylíčením průběhu květnových dní r. 1945 ve východočeském městě chce být - říká autor sám - analýzou
Jiří Menzel and the history of the Closely watched trains by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ordinary lives by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Czech and English and held by 164 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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Ёзэф Шкворэцкі

Йозеф Шкворецький

Шкворецкий, Йозеф

Іозеф Шкворэцкі

שקבורצקי, יוזף

שקבורצקי, יוזף 1924-2012

שקבורצקי, יוסף 1924-2012

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シュクヴォレツキー, ヨゼフ




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The miracle gameMiss Silver's pastDvorak in love : a light-hearted dreamThe bride of TexasThe bass saxophoneThe Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cultsThe mournful demeanour of Lieutenant BoruvkaThe swell season : a text on the most important things in life