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Днес всички ще умрем по малко: Необикновената история на Емил Затопек

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Как един обикновен войник от малкото чешко градче Копршивнице развива невероятните си умения на бегач, за да постигне световна слава и да покори сърцата на милиони хора?

Емил Затопек измества границата на човешката издръжливост и воля само с помощта на огромния ураган от доброта и човечност, който завихря около себе си, точно когато изглежда, че ще рухне от болка и изтощени
Paperback, 416 pages
Published 2017 by Вакон
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Bookdragon Sean
As a runner myself, I often look for sources of inspiration. Training is rewarding, but every so often a day comes along when I question whether it is all worth it or not. Zatopek proves that is, indeed, all worth it. He put copious amounts of effort into his training, and the number of races he won over his career as a professional athlete clearly shows the results of it.

His training regimen is insanely intense by today's standards, and by the standards of his own era it was even more so. He es
Metodi Markov
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

Днес почти никой от света извън леката атлетика не помни и не знае, кой е Емил Затопек.

За първи път аз научих за него от разказа на ненадминатото ни спортно перо Иво Иванов, долетял до нас от далечен Канзас:

Когато издателство "Вакон" издаде биографията му на български, вече знаех че ще заеме мястото си в библиотеката ми.

В нея се описва животът на един обикновен човек, призван от магията на спорта да извърши чутовни подвизи.

Книгата е увлекателно и подробно
At the October Book Café we were presented with a list of contenders for the William Hill prize for sports writing. Well, yawn, I thought... and then we decided on 'an unfamiliar genre' as our next theme, so I thought maybe a sports biography, the sort of thing people get for Christmas to give men who are difficult to buy for. And there was Zatopek, a name from the past that I remembered as significant (and the book would not be all about running, surely, given the politics of Czechoslovakia). I ...more
Pekka Termonen
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Richard Askwith! I read the book in two days. Finns chanted him 'Satu Peka' (i.e. Pekka, my first name) transl. Fairy-tale Pete. "His defining characteristic was that 'he tried everything differently'." His was criticized for his running style. "Emil shrugged off such jibes. 'I will run with perfect style when they start judging races for their beauty, like figure-skating'... 'For now, I just want to run as fast as possible'." He was very clever, spoke eight languages, Finnish among ot ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent enough biography of the great Emil Zátopek who won the gold medals at 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and the marathon at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. It's a well researched volume and the author has travelled to get some key interviews but I could have probably done with a bit less of the commie bashing - one almost expected Askwith to start ranting about 'pinkos' such is the facile way he describes the admittedly pretty venal Czechoslovak regime. How so far Zátopek collaborated with or ...more
Христо Блажев
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Когато нямаш сили да продължиш, увеличи скоростта:

В спорта Емил оставя ярка диря, която Ричард Аскуит проследява подробно - от ранните му години, когато малко случайно започва да тича, през убийствените му тренировки, и състезание след състезание, победа след победа. Чехът прави феноменални неща и губи крайно рядко, а на олимпиадата в Хелзинки през 1952 г. извършва немислимото – печели златни медали на 5000, 10 000 м и в маратона… в който досега не се е
Henry Bickerstaff
What was it like to be a world class world record holder and be manipulated by your Government. A Government that controlled every day of your life and your very existence. What happens when you fall out of favor and exiled within your own Country. This is a great read about the Man Zatopek and the history of Czechoslovakia.
Alexander Marinov
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
За много книги може да се каже, че са "вдъховяващи", но за малко това важи толкова еднозначно. Освен чисто спортната история на Затопек, авторът, въпреки че е англичанин, предава по много достъпен, популярен, но и достоверен и исторически адекватен начин проблемите с политическия режим в Чехословакия.
Задължителна книга и за спортисти, и за спортни фенове, и за любители на историята
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Every running enthusiast over a certain age knows something about Zátopek — or thinks they do. But much of it is no more than hearsay: legends and half-truths endlessly recycled and re-embroidered. Many of the most famous tales are simply false. Even those of us who idolize him — who see him, as I do, as a kind of patron saint of running — are liable to find, on closer inspection, that we know far less about him than we think…It is the human side of Zátopek’s story that is still capable of brig ...more
Girish Jadhav
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is the most precious thing we have, and even though it just treated us badly, we live on; and we can find a corner where we will feel comfortable even in a table drawer.
Владислав Димитров
"Емил беше жива легенда. А една легенда никога не умира."

Пет звезди са малка оценка за този история.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"That was the thing about Emil. He was a romantic: the most romantic of all runners. He looked for romance not just in love, but in friendship; and not just in friendship, but in sport. He took something mundane - "putting one foot in front of the other, as fast as possible, for as long as possible"(...) and made it into a thrilling adventure, a daring exploration, in which all were welcome to join him, of just how far a human being could reach. He could have just been a runner who won races. In ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Името Затопек се превърна в синоним на понятията скорост, издръжливост, ефективност, надеждност, боен дух и сила на волята. Не бих се учудил, ако един ден го видим в речниците като нарицателно за всички тези термини."
Отакар Машек
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve read anything about running history you are probably aware of Emil Zatopek, and can roll off his major biographical details and characteristics: his 1952 sweep of distance running events in the Olympics, his herky-jerky form that was described by one sportswriter as “like a man wrestling with an octopus on a conveyer belt,” and some poor treatment from the Communist Czechoslovakian regime after he retired from running. While Zatopek’s name is still revered in running history (he was na ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I died a little while reading this.
Phil Enscoe
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
for anyone who has loved to run, it's a great book. And, for anyone who lived through the Cold War, it's an insiders view of what really happened.
Yana Petrova
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ако първата част на книгата е по-скоро мотивираща, то втората те стиска за гърлото, разказвайки за живота на Затопек, когато вече не е удобен на един политически режим, смачкващ неудобните.

Keith Comfort
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. I didn't know much about his life, other than the gold medals, until I read this. He was quite an interesting person.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many non-runners from outside of Czech Republic, my exposure to Emil Zatopek was through "Olympic Moments". There was an immediate appeal to his "everyman" persona, his tireless hard work, and most of all his emphasis on sportsmanship and friendship. That he did it amidst the turmoil behind the Iron Curtain makes his achievements all the more astonishing (some have argued that his soft military job gave him an advantage, yet I wonder if anyone from the West would have traded places). In tha ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for 2 reasons:
1 - I was told something of the legend Zatopek by my grandfather when growing up in the '70s. The cry "Za-to-pek" from Zatopek's adoring fans was etched on my grandfather's memory. I was intrigued!
2 - As a relatively new runner I wanted to read a bit about the man behind the achievements.

I would say the first two-thirds of the book zipped past. His methods were remarkable for the time. Training techniques much more like modern methods than what his contemporaries w
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memorable part of the book -- Zatopek reflects on how he lived in first
Nazi occupied Czech then Communist controlled Czech and why didn't
the Czech people resist the invading armies. The people knew their history
and during the migrations of people 1200-1300 times of goths, huns, mogols,
and the invading armies conquered their land and created havoc -- it
seemed in the 20th Century survival meant acceptance of the terms
of the Nazi and Soviet Empires though in their minds they could not be completely
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating man. Worth the read on this individual and his accomplishments. The strides he made in running and the life he lead in a country controlled by the Soviets.

The book itself, is written with a little too much detail to races won and times. The author runs on and on at times and interjects his opinions siting them as facts. There are a good many pages that the editor should have cut down on in the middle, which you may find yourself skimming.

But overall it's enjoyable. I can't but he
Liam Polkinghorne
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interval training was an idea that had been around, but Zatopek took it to another level of suffering, up to 100x400m at a fast pace with 150m jog in between. Running is easily understandable: you must be fast enough and you must have endurance. So you run fast for speed and repeat it many times for endurance. Set world records at 5000m and 10000m and only runner to have won the 5000m, 10000m and marathon at the one Olympics. But legend remains due to not just what he did, but how he did it - re ...more
Rick Bayko
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful life of the greatest distance runner of all time who was also the greatest sportsman, a worldwide inspiration for friendship among all people. Not that we didn't already know that. But also the uncomfortable backdrop of the repressive time and place in which he had to live and deal with in often unsettling ways when he couldn't escape into his running. A Zatopek I'd only heard of in tidbits laid bare. An excellent book about a great man.
Jacob Ortwein
i was looking for a great story about an endurance athletic, that s what I got. got my motivated to keep running and doing more. he lived through a hard time in history but the author talks of his personality and good humour. i realise this isn't a great review, but I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
Daniel Podzimek
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There is not, and never was, a greater man than Emil Zatopek.” - Ron Clarke

A book that focusses on the joie de vivre of a great competitor. A noble knight with a spirit that transcended the darkest days of the Cold War. An inspiration to all.

Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary tales of an extraordinary man and his life, successes and failures, wins and losses "if you want to experience something run a marathon "
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emil Zatopek: running legend, decent human being.
Dragomir Draganov
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Една от най-вълнуващите биографии, които са ми попадали. Истински вдъхновяващ разказ.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book. Well-researched and entertaining - spoilt a little bit for me by one gauche section dealing with Zatopek's fall from grace, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
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“If you want to enjoy something,’ he said later, ‘run 100 metres.235 If you want to experience something, run a marathon.’ These are the words of a man who knows what it really costs to keep going for 26.2 miles.” 1 likes
“It was hard-hitting stuff, denouncing ‘foreign despotism’ and warning of ‘a new dark age’ in which ‘insincerity will become a virtue, lies will become truth and silence will become an existential necessity’. Emil” 1 likes
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