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The Mournful Demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Skvorecky

I must admit that I’m a sucker when it comes to lost or neglected novels, and very easily biddable when I read good reviews of them. 737 more words

Lost Books - The Mournful Demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka

Josef Skvorecky ranks among the great Czech writers of the twentieth century, of which there are, of course, many – Bohumil Hrabal, Milan Kundera, Václav Havel, Ivan Kilma only form the beginnings of a list. 554 more words

Lost Books

The Return of Lieutenant Boruvka (1981) by Josef Skvorecky

On starting this novel, I was a little apprehensive over whether I would enjoy it or not, having disliked another of Skvorecky’s works, Sins for Father Knox… 962 more words

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Sins for Father Knox Part 2

This is the concluding post on Josef Skvorecky’s Sins for Father Knox… (See Previous post for information about Skvorecky and Father Knox’s Decalogue, as well as comments on the first two stories) 1,084 more words

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Sins for Father Knox (1973) by Josef Skvorecky Part 1

Today, Skvorecky is usually more well known for his non-crime fiction novels which tackle themes such as expatriation, political extremism and Jazz, as well for publishing banned Czechoslovakian literature during the Communist era there (having moved to Canada in 1968). 963 more words

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Undercover: Don't Shoot the Saxophone Player (05/03/79)

As I was saying…

Novels about the music world are not uncommon, and tend to be trashy. Almost all end with some variation on the fans-eat-the-star theme, and the necessary bit about the star’s mystical communion with the muse is never quite as convincing as the necessary bit about group sex. 845 more words

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3 x Phil Marlowe

Raymond Chandler, Třikrát Phil Marlowe, Praha: Odeon, 1967 (Translated by František Jungwirth, Heda Kovályová and Josef Schwarz).

Judging the book by the state of its cover, this copy of a Czech translation of Chandler has definitely found a readership, in over four decades since it was published. 684 more words