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Jaroslav Hašek (Czech: [ˈjaroslaf ˈɦaʃɛk]; 30 April 1883 – 3 January 1923) was a Czech writer, humorist, satirist, journalist, bohemian and anarchist. He is best known for his novel The Good Soldier Švejk, an unfinished collection of farcical incidents about a soldier in World War I and a satire on the ineptitude of authority figures. The novel has been translated into about 60 languages, making it the most translated novel in Czech literature.

Jaroslav Hašek
Jaroslav Hašek in his late years
Jaroslav Hašek in his late years
Born(1883-04-30)30 April 1883
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Died3 January 1923(1923-01-03) (aged 39)
Lipnice nad Sázavou, Czechoslovakia
OccupationNovelist, humorist
Genrehistorical satire
Notable worksThe Good Soldier Švejk

Monument to Jaroslav Hašek in Lipnice nad Sázavou
Statue of Jaroslav Hašek in Žižkov, near the pubs where he wrote some of his works

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Further readingEdit

  • The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War, translated by Cecil Parrott, with original illustrations by Josef Lada
  • The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War, translated by Zenny K. Sadlon
  • The Red Commissar: Including further adventures of the good soldier Švejk and other stories
  • Bachura Scandal and Other Stories and Sketches, translated by Alan Menhenett
  • Biography by Cecil Parrott, The Bad Bohemian (ISBN 0-349-12698-4).

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