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  1. The Red Commissar (Abacus Books)
    The Red Commissar (Abacus Books)
    The Red Commissar (Abacus Books)
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  2. The Red Commissar (Abacus Books)

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Jaroslav Hasek is best known for his satirical masterpiece, "The Good Soldier Svejk". That has been described as 'Perhaps the funniest novel ever written'. Although his life was short and chaotic, Hasek did however write more as this volume tellingly reveals. In his preface, Cecil Parrott, translator and biographer of Hasek, crisply defines its purpose. 'All the world has heard of Svejk, but few are familiar with the countless other characters Hasek created in his stories and sketches, which together with his feuilletons and articles are thought to number some twelve hundred. The best of these deserve to be made available to the Western public and are included in this volume'. The range is wide. There is a selection from his Bugulma stories ("Hasek as Bolshevik" and "Red Commissar"), some early Svejk stories, reminiscences of Hasek's apprenticeship days, and the hilariously funny speeches made by Hasek when promoting his political 'Party of Moderate Progress within the bounds of the Law'.

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Jaroslav Hasek's one novel, The Good Soldier Svejk, is an 'immortal' classic of humor, easily the most widely-read book by any Czech writer ever. Unfortunately, it was published near the end of Hasek's forty year lifespan of buffoonery, bigamy, debauchery, and rebellion against any kind of authority. 'Promises Not Kept, Promise Unfulfilled' would be an apt epitaph for the vagabond anarchist/communist who was one of the founders in 1911 of The Party for Moderate Progress Within the Bounds of Law, effectively a precursor of radical street theater. The annals and reports of this mock political party are included in "The Red Commisar"; Hasek was a good deal funnier than Al Franken, and he never had to shut up and serve in any legislature.

Another portion of "The Red Commisar" consists of the nine satirical sketches Hasek wrote about his real-life service as a Soviet Commissar in rural Russia. Slavophilia was perhaps Hasek's most consistent ideology; his brief tour of duty in... Read more
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