EL SOLDADO SVEJK PDF

Jushura The beginning — attractive and active, but pages into the book I was lost and angry. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Some of the stories are amusing, but Hasek is no Dickens. Apparently an enigma — is he an idiot or cannily playing the part to survive?

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Novels were published until Fifteen million people died in the war, one million of them Austro-Hungarian soldiers including around , who were Czechs. The novel also deals with broader anti-war themes: essentially a series of absurdly comic episodes, it explores the pointlessness and futility of conflict in general and of military discipline, Austrian military discipline in particular.

Many of its characters, especially the Czechs, are participating in a conflict they do not understand on behalf of an empire to which they have no loyalty. He is arrested by a member of the state police, Bretschneider, after making some politically insensitive remarks, and is sent to prison.

After being certified insane he is transferred to a madhouse, before being ejected. He is transferred to a hospital for malingerers because of his rheumatism.

The regiment is soon transferred to Bruck an der Leitha , a town on the border between Austria and Hungary. He is also promoted to company orderly.

The unit embarks on a long train journey towards Galicia and the Eastern Front. Narrowly avoiding execution, he manages to rejoin his unit. People are often distinguished by the dialect and register of Czech or German they speak, a quality that does not translate easily.

Many German- and Polish-speaking characters, for example, are shown as speaking comedically broken or heavily accented Czech, while many Czechs speak broken German; much use is also made of slang expressions. Much research has been conducted into this issue and the results are part of the catalog of all people , both real and fictitious, that appear in the novel.

Military chaplain Otto Katz Has a fondness for drinking, especially good communion wine , and gambling. Colonel Friedrich Kraus von Zillergut An idiotic Austrian officer with a penchant for giving his colleagues long-winded, moronic explanations of everyday objects such as thermometers and postage stamps and situations; run over by a cart while attempting to demonstrate what a pavement is. Spends time attempting to avoid frontline service through letters he is writing to his wife, in which he details meals he is intending to cook for senior officers.

Lieutenant Biegler Cadet Biegler Biegler is a young junior officer with pretensions to nobility, despite being the middle-class son of a furrier. Biegler takes his military duties so seriously that he is ridiculed even by his senior officers, and is mistakenly hospitalised as a "carrier of cholera germs" after medical staff misdiagnose for army PR reasons a cognac -induced hangover.

Cadet Biegler also had a real-life model in the 91st regiment Cadet Johann Biegler, later lieutenant. He eats raw dough, sausage skins, etc. The novel is also the subject of an unpublished operetta by Peter Gammond.

However, Koestler — by then a staunch anti-Communist — never tried to get it published.

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