Catalogue


The cowards /
Josef Škvorecký.
imprint
London : Penguin, 2010.
description
415 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0141047674 (pbk.) :, 9780141047676 (pbk.) :
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imprint
London : Penguin, 2010.
isbn
0141047674 (pbk.) :
9780141047676 (pbk.) :
language note
Translated from the Czech.
catalogue key
8303905
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Reviews
Review Quotes
Anyone who wants to know how it felt to be young, idealistic and innocent at the end of the war should read The Cowards
I urge you to go and read them.
Sceptical, humourous, liberal and humane.
[The series] sheds remarkable light on the literature, culture and politics of the region...anyone coming fresh to the field will be captivated by the richness, variety, humour and pathos of a classic literature that, through a shared historical experience, transcends national and linguistic boundaries.
This new series of Central European Classics is important well beyond simply providing 'good reads'.
This [series] is a wonderful idea ... They are absurdist parables, by turns hilarious, unsettling and enigmatic.
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Summaries
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In 1945, in Kostelec, Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny's life is in love with somebody else.
Main Description
The Cowards (1958) is Josef Skvorecky's blackly comic tale of post-war politics that was immediately banned on publication. In 1945, in Kostelec, Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny's life is in love with somebody else. But Danny despairs most about the bourgeoisie patriots in his town playing at revolution in the face of the approaching Red Army not least because it ruins the band's chance of any good gigs.
Main Description
The Cowards (1958) is Josef Skvorecky's blackly comic tale of post-war politics that was immediately banned on publication. In 1945, in Kostelec,Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny's life is in love with somebody else. But Danny despairs most about the bourgeoisie patriots in his town playing at revolution in the face of the approaching Red Army - not least because it ruins the band's chance of any good gigs.
Main Description
The Cowards (1958) is Josef Skvorecky's blackly comic tale of post-war politics that was immediately banned on publication. In 1945, in Kostelec,Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny’s life is in love with somebody else. But Danny despairs most about the bourgeoisie patriots in his town playing at revolution in the face of the approaching Red Army – not least because it ruins the band’s chance of any good gigs.

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