Josef Škvorecký


Born
in Náchod, Czech Republic
September 24, 1924

Died
January 03, 2012

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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 totalitarianism and repression, the expatriate experience, and the miracle of jazz.

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“We may think we live for wisdom, but in fact we're living for the the pleasure wisdom brings us.”
Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls

“Artists hold out the mirror to the bruises on the face of the world.”
Josef Škvorecký

“There is beauty everywhere on earth, but there is greater beauty in those places where one feels that sense of ease which comes from no longer having to put off one’s dreams until some improbable future – a future inexorably shrinking away; where the fear that has pervaded one’s life suddenly vanishes because there is... nothing to be afraid of.”
Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls

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