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The Tenor Saxophonist's Story

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The celebrated author of THE BASS SAXOPHONE, THE REPUBLIC OF WHORES, and THE BRIDE OF TEXAS has won international acclaim for the acerbic, funny, and haunting novels of his native Czechoslovakia, the wry world of political repression that shaped him as a writer. Once again, Skvorecky sharpens his mordant wit on familiar themes in this collection of interconnecting tales.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 19th 2000 by Ecco Press (first published December 12th 1961)
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Ray
Jan 24, 2016 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Danny Smirecky plays sax in a jazz band. He is young and just wants to have a good time - music and girls are his main pursuits.

But this is post war Czechoslovakia, the communists are in power and their influence is all pervasive. Jazz is a decadent American art form (spookily the Nazis held a similar view) so Danny has to be careful.

This is a book of ten linked short stories. It shows how people came to terms with the new political setup, and the compromises that had to be made to survive and e
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Rene Stein
Apr 16, 2013 Rene Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha jen pro ty, kdo mají rádi Škvoreckého a chtějí se dovědět více o genezi jeho knih, o tom, jak v tvůrčím procesu vykrystalizovaly a jakým ušlechtilým křížením půvabů mnoha reálných slečen vznikly ty v krásné (tentokrát doslova!) literatuře známé slečny jako Irena, Marie a Naďa.
Škvorecký umí zajímavě popsat i vznik nakladatelství Sixty-Eight Publishers, peripetie při jeho provozování a z knihy se dá vyčíst, jak obdivoval svou ženu, která nakladatelství obětovala své literární ambice, volný
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Cody
Jan 13, 2011 Cody rated it liked it
got this because jazz / bo.sheviks, not actually that into it, but had nice bookread (c.f. gameplay) with somewhat cool grip on rhythm e.g.,

From cradle to grave, as they say. It's not worth shit.
Excuse me.
Excuse me, ladies.
She went out with him in the figurative sense of the words and often we threw great parties. Maybe at the Mengele brothers' place, Theodore and Killian, madmen who avoided work and lived off the sale of pornographic photographs they manufactured themselves and even posed for,
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Patrick
Aug 11, 2014 Patrick rated it liked it
These early stories by Škvorecký were originally written in the mid-50s, and lack the long, evocative sentences delving into physical and emotional states which characterize some of his later stories (e.g., in the Bass Saxophone.) Instead, we have mostly short declarative sentences which mostly describe the attitudes of the narrator (identified at one point as Škvorecký's alter ego, Danny Smířický) towards the social and political milieus of still fervently communist Czechoslovakia. As such, the ...more
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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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