Bad Bohemian: Life Of Jaroslav Hasek (abacus Books)
Jaroslav Hasek used to be the writer of The Good Soldier Svejk, a twentieth-century masterpiece, and one of the most funniest novels ever written. He used to be additionally, to cite Sir Cecil Parrott, a ‘truant, insurrection, vagabond, anarchist, play-actor, sensible joker, bohemian (and Bohemian), alcoholic, traitor to the Czech legion, Bolshevik and bigamist.’: briefly a Bad Bohemian. Hasek’s bottle-strewn lifestyles, as Sir Cecil makes transparent, used to be the uncooked subject material of his fiction this exceptional biography, the one one within the English language, makes for riotous studying. Sir Cecil Parrott in addition to being the British Ambassador to Czechoslovakia within the 1960s used to be additionally the translator of The Good Soldier Svejk (his translation is definitive) and main authority on Jaroslav Hasek. "Sir Cecil coolly untangles Hasek from the coils of hearsay, and manages, whilst appearing this refined scholarly operation, to transmit the raucous glitter of the beer-gardens and night-dives and cafes-chantants which have been Hasek’s component. The result’s a triumph, and – like several first-rate scholarship – tremendously stress-free." (Sunday Times).