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Wilson, Paul R. (Paul Robert) 1941-

Overview
Works: 70 works in 290 publications in 3 languages and 9,346 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biographies  Autobiographies  Interviews  Personal correspondence  Personal narratives  Black humor  Humorous fiction  Literature 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Other, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: PG5038.S527, 891.8635
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Paul R Wilson
Open letters : selected writings, 1965-1990 by Václav Havel( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning twenty-five years, this historic collection of writings shows Vaclav Havel's evolution from a modestly known playwright who had the courage to advise and criticize Czechoslovakia's leaders to a newly elected president whose first address to his fellow citizens begins, "I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you." Some of the pieces in Open Letters, such as "Dear Dr. Husak" and the essay "The Power of the Powerless," are by now almost legendary for their influence on a generation of Eastern European dissidents; others, such as some of Havel's prison correspondence and his private letter to Alexander Dubcek, appear in English for the first time. All of them bear the unmistakable imprint of Havel's intellectual rigor, moral conviction, and unassuming eloquence, while standing as important additions to the world's literature of conscience
To the Castle and back by Václav Havel( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As writer, dissident, and statesman, Havel played an essential part in the changes that occurred in Central Europe during the last decades of the twentieth century, and became a powerful intellectual and political force for the reestablishment of democratic principles and institutions. Now, in this memoir, he recollects the pivotal experiences and ideas of his remarkable life. Known in his native Prague for his theatrical productions, and imprisoned for his anticommunist views, Havel emerged on the international stage in 1989 as the elected president of Czechoslovakia. He writes with eloquence and candor about his transition from playwright to politician, and the surreal challenges of governing a young democracy. But the scope of his writing extends far beyond the circumstances he faced in his own country. He shares his thoughts on the future of the EU, the reach of the American superpower, and the role of national identity in today's world.--From publisher description
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 )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 728 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
Waiting for the dark, waiting for the light by Ivan Klíma( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and Hungarian and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to a rebel artist when there is nothing to rebel against? The novel follows Pavel Fukova, a Czech cameraman who under Communism dreamed of making a film that would be a searing portrait of his times. Now he can, but somehow he is always too busy with lucrative jobs, a TV spot, a commercial, a porn film. By the author of Love and Garbage
Reaching for a star : the extraordinary life of Milan Kroupa by Josef Čermák( )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a turbulent childhood in Communist Czechoslovakia, Milan Kroupa turned his back on a promising career in soccer and fled the country of his birth. He arrived in Canada as a refugee in 1968 at the age of twenty-five, with a new wife, and a new baby. He had little more in his pocket than good advice from his father, who taught him that there are as many opportunities in the world as there are stars in the sky, and that the secret is to grasp the star that attracts you and never let it go. Following that advice, Kroupa quickly learned English, then threaded his way through the jungle of the business world, side-stepping scammers and gaining valuable experience from a series of enlightened bosses who taught him the ropes and gave him room to advance. By 1977, he was ready to go into business for himself. The company he founded on a shoe-string, United Cleaning Services, quickly expanded into a multi-million dollar, country-wide enterprise that now employs almost 5,000 people, many of whom are immigrants like himself. Throughout all this, Kroupa has remained a modest, down-to-earth man who doesn't see himself as extraordinary at all. Extraordinary or not, his story makes fascinating reading, and will be an inspiration to everyone, and particularly to the countless new arrivals whose most valuable asset, to themselves and to the country, is their hope for the future and their determination to succeed."--
I served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1971 in a typewritten edition, then finally printed in book form in 1989, I Served the King of England is "an extraordinary and subtly tragicomic novel" (The New York Times), telling the tale of Ditie, a hugely ambitious but simple waiter in a deluxe Prague hotel in the years before World War II. Ditie is called upon to serve not the King of England, but Haile Selassie. It is one of the great moments in his life. Eventually, he falls in love with a Nazi woman athlete as the Germans are invading Czechoslovakia. After the war, through the sale of valuable stamps confiscated from the Jews, he reaches the heights of his ambition, building a hotel. He becomes a millionaire, but with the institution of communism, he loses everything and is sent to inspect mountain roads. Living in dreary circumstances, Ditie comes to terms with the inevitability of his death, and with his place in history
The Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cults by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 486 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
The beggar's opera by Václav Havel( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Beggar's Opera is a free-wheeling, highly politicized adaptation of John Gay's well-known eighteenth-century work of the same name. The play, reminiscent of Havel's earlier Garden Party and The Memorandum, is up to his best satirical standard. Like the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera, Havel's play uses an underworld milieu to explore the intermingled themes of love, loyalty, and treachery."--Jacket
We are children just the same : Vedem, the secret magazine by the boys of Terezín by Marie Rút Křížková( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of art, poetry, stories, and articles from "Vedem," a weekly magazine secretly produced by young teenage Jewish boys incarcerated at the Czechoslovakian concentration camp Terezín during the years 1942-1944
Indecent dreams by Arnošt Lustig( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 429 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
Letters to Olga : June 1979-September 1982 by Václav Havel( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spirit of Prague : and other essays by Ivan Klíma( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other essays deal with his childhood experience in a concentration camp, thoughts about literature and memory, and the nature and importance of honesty and hope. A penetrating interview by Philip Roth and a study of Franz Kafka, compassionate and illuminating, are also included
The return of Lieutenant Boruvka : a reactionary tale of crime and detection by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 317 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
Civic freedom in Central Europe : voices from Czechoslovakia by H. Gordon Skilling( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recording the views of dissidents on the nature of their own activities, this book contains over 20 short essays by a number of leading people from Charter 77. Contributors include Vaclav Havel, Eva Kanturkova, Libuse Silhanova, and Zdenek Rotrekl
Mr. Kafka and other tales from the time of the cult by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Never before published in English, the stories in Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult were written mostly in the 1950s and present the Czech master Bohumil Hrabal at the height of his powers. The stories capture a time when Czech Stalinists were turning society upside down, inflicting their social and political experiments on mostly unwilling subjects. These stories are set variously in the gas-lit streets of post-war Prague; on the raucous and dangerous factory floor of the famous Poldi steelworks where Hrabal himself once worked; in a cacophonous open-air dance hall where classical and popular music come to blows; at the basement studio where a crazed artist attempts to fashion a national icon; on the scaffolding around a decommissioned church. Hrabal captures men and women trapped in an eerily beautiful nightmare, longing for a world where "humor and metaphysical escape can reign supreme' "--
Prague : a traveler's literary companion by Paul Wilson( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noveller af tjekkiske forfattere som foregår i Prag
The engineer of human souls by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 201 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
Ordinary lives by Josef Škvorecký( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 157 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
57 hours : a survivor's account of the Moscow hostage drama by Vesselin Nedkov( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To celebrate the last night of a business trip to Moscow, Vesselin Nedkov and a friend picked up two tickets to the hottest show in town: the groundbreaking Broadway-style musical Nord-Ost. Halfway through the show, his life was changed forever as forty Chechen terrorists, including eighteen female suicide bombers, took over the building and held eight hundred people hostage for two and a half days." "57 Hours is Nedkov's harrowing account of being trapped between two dangerously unpredictable forces: inside the theatre, the Chechens, loaded with explosives, demanded the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the bloody conflict that was raging in Chechnya; outside, while government officials refused to negotiate with the rebels, Russian Special Forces prepared to storm the theatre." "During those fifty-seven terrifying hours, Nedkov discovered courage and ingenuity he never knew he had. While the female terrorists described the unbearable loss of their menfolk at the hands of Russian soldiers and expressed their desire to die for Allah, Nedkov tried to plan various avenues of escape. In the end, 129 innocent people - men, women, and children - lost their lives, most succumbing to gas used by the Russian forces to facilitate their dramatic rescue." "Nedkov's ordeal had a profound effect on him. He learned about the horrendous cruelty and destruction on both sides that has marked the Chechen-Russian civil war, a conflict that remains unresolved to this day. He felt compelled to discover how his fellow survivors had fared in the aftermath of the gruesome event and returned to Moscow to seek out their stories."--Jacket
All my cats by Bohumil Hrabal( Book )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A literary master's story about the aggravations and great joys of cats, from "a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humor and a hushed tenderness of detail."?Julian Barnes.rnes
 
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To the Castle and back
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To the Castle and backThe engineer of human souls : an entertainment on the old themes of life, women, fate, dreams, the working class, secret agents, love, and deathWaiting for the dark, waiting for the lightI served the King of EnglandThe Republic of whores : a fragment from the time of the cultsThe beggar's operaWe are children just the same : Vedem, the secret magazine by the boys of TerezínLetters to Olga : June 1979-September 1982
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English (176)

Czech (6)

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