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Republic Of Whores (Danny Smiřický)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In a not-so-long-ago time, on an army base in rural Czechoslovakia, the draftees of the Seventh Tank Battalion gird themselves for the inevitable war with America by practicing tank manoeuvres (or faking them), studying Russian texts (with horror novels tucked inside), and singing patriotic songs (with refreshing new lyrics).

Among them is Tank Commander Danny Smiricky, loo
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ebook, 256 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Vintage Canada (first published 1969)
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MJ Nicholls
Aug 07, 2016 MJ Nicholls marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Army humour. Zzz . . .
Czarny Pies
Oct 01, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des gens qui veut un divertissment comique
Recommended to Czarny by: Skvorecky a éte un professeur vedette de mon université.
Shelves: czech-lit
L'escadron blindé est une collection de neuf comptes tres comiques qu'a écrit Jospeh Skvorecky sur ses experiences pendant son service militaire obligatoire en l'ancienne Tchtecoslovakie qui a eu lieu Durant les années cinquante. Comme en France, aux Etats-Units, en Pologne, en Suede et partout ailleurs ou le service militaire obligatoire existait, les jeunes Tchtecoslovaques le détestait. On était loin de sa petite amie et o mangeait mal. Aussi on deviennait tres frustré parce que sa carrier es ...more
Patrick
This is Skvorecky's fictionalized account of his term as a conscript in the Czechoslovak Army in the early 1950s, when the Communist Party worshiped the still-living Stalin. So on top of the absurdities of military life - which these stories share with many other army novels - are piled the absurdities of Communism, under which truth is banned, and the working class members of the army become Enemies of the Working Class when they fail to perform to the absurd standards set before them. This boo ...more
Shannon
My rating is probably not fair, because my western-centric mind had trouble keeping all the Slavic names straight. Index cards away! Anyway, it's an interesting glimpse into Communism in the artist formerly known as Czechoslavakia, especially for those of us who have existed completely in a capitalistic environment.
Quentin
Aug 19, 2012 Quentin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bizarre and in parts hilarious take, clearly from first-hand experience, on the absurdities of the Soviet-dominated communist regime that ruled Czechoslovakia. This is set in the 1950s, well before the 1968 revolution and Soviet tanks on the streets of Prague, after which the regime's attitude became significantly tougher.
Interesting to see the expression 'Svejking about' used.
Lucy Sisk
Uznávám, že hlavním cílem tohoto humoritického románu je pobavit nikoli pohoršit čtenáře sprostými až vulgárními výrazy. Nerada bych "Tankový prapor" zatracovala, ale ani se nemohu přiznat k nadšencům tvorby autora Škvoreckého.
Souhlasím s vtipným vyprávěním o vojácích, ale už ne tolik se slovními obraty. Kniha zaujme a troufám si říci, že vystihuje dokonale situaci a stav věcí té doby.
Crotijak
Mar 21, 2014 Crotijak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlična knjiga, baš ono što ide uz tradiciju čehoslovačke hladnoratovske humoreske. Kod nas prevedena kao Oklopni bataljon u izdanju evergreena. Republika kurvi očito nije prošlo kao prijevod naslova u Jugoslaviji ;)
Leif Erik
Apr 02, 2008 Leif Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech-lit
One of my favorite books of all time. An absurdest take on life in a dictatorship. An excellent examination of what happens when facts are made the enemy of the Truth. Plus military jokes which is always something I'll love.
Dennis
Jun 05, 2012 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hilarious book, particularly the first part, which captured the Czech lack of enthusiasm for all things military.
Russell
Jun 12, 2012 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, though it ran out of steam towards the end. Quite reminded me of 'Closely Observed Trains'.....
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Josef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech writer and publisher who spent much of his life in Canada. Škvorecký was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1980. He and his wife were long-time supporters of Czech dissident writers before the fall of communism in that country. By turns humorous, wise, eloquent and humanistic, Škvorecký's fiction deals with several themes: the horrors of tot ...more
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