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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The Miracle Game

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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

“A person's got to be scared all the time - of God, if there is one, and of looking like a fool if there isn't.”
Josef Škvorecký, The Cowards

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