Jaroslav Hašek


Born
in Prague (Austro-Hungarian Empire), Czech Republic
April 30, 1883

Died
January 03, 1923

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Jaroslav Hašek was a Czech humorist, satirist, writer and anarchist best known for his novel The Good Soldier Švejk (Czech: Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války), an unfinished collection of farcical incidents about a soldier in World War I and a satire on the ineptitude of authority figures, which has been translated into sixty languages. He also wrote some 1,500 short stories. He was a journalist, bohemian, and practical joker.

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The Good Soldier Švejk

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Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka...

4.04 avg rating — 584 ratings — published 1921 — 20 editions
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The Fateful Adventures of t...

4.14 avg rating — 475 ratings — published 1923 — 22 editions
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Przygody dobrego wojaka Szw...

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The Fateful Adventures of t...

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Bachura Scandal and Other S...

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The Red Commissar: Includin...

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Behind the Lines: Bugulma a...

3.72 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 1921 — 11 editions
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Aféra s křečkem a jiné povídky

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Köpek Suratlı Maymun

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“When Švejk subsequently described life in the lunatic asylum, he did so in exceptionally eulogistic terms: 'I really don't know why those loonies get so angry when they're kept there. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite. If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would be astonished, but there it's the most common or garden thing to do. There's a freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of.”
Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk

“Jesus Christ was innocent too,' said Svejk, 'and all the same they crucified him. No one anywhere has ever worried about a man being innocent. Maul halten und weiter dienen ['Grin and bear it and get on with the job'] - as they used to tell us in the army. That's the best and finest thing of all.”
Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk

“After debauches and orgies there always follows the moral hangover.”
Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk

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