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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4.11 avg rating — 13,358 ratings — published 1923 — 2 editions
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Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka...

4.08 avg rating — 423 ratings — published 1921 — 8 editions
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The Fateful Adventures of t...

4.17 avg rating — 411 ratings — published 1923 — 18 editions
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Przygody dobrego wojaka Szw...

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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...

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Aféra s křečkem a jiné povídky

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الجندي الطيب شفيك و ما جرى ...

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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

“After debauches and orgies there always follows the moral hangover.”
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

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April 2018 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 1817, 249 pages, Last Read Aug. 2015
 
  59 votes, 15.0%

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1855, 521 pages, Last Read June 2015
 
  49 votes, 12.5%

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961, 453 pages, Last Read Nov. 2013
 
  42 votes, 10.7%

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960, 324 pages, Last Read 2016
 
  40 votes, 10.2%

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1818, 273 pages, Last Read Oct. 2016
 
  39 votes, 9.9%

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, 1847, 251 pages, Last Read Mar 2016
 
  25 votes, 6.4%

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922, 422 pages, Last Read Jan. 2014
 
  25 votes, 6.4%

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943, 496 pages, Last Read May 2013
 
  25 votes, 6.4%

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, 1984, 320 pages, Last Read Dec. 2012
 
  23 votes, 5.9%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 1603, 316 pages, Last Read Oct. 2012
 
  21 votes, 5.3%

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847, 867 pages, Last Read Sep. 2011
 
  16 votes, 4.1%

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, 1878, 448 pages, Last Read Oct. 2015
 
  15 votes, 3.8%

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, 1921, 752 pages, Last Read July 2012
 
  14 votes, 3.6%

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