“The Good Soldier Švejk”

“When Švejk subsequently described life in the lunatic asylum, he did so in exceptionally eulogistic terms: ‘I really don’t know why those loonies get so angry when they’re kept there. You can crawl naked on the floor, howl like a jackal, rage and bite. If anyone did this anywhere on the promenade people would be astonished, but there it’s the most common or garden thing to do. There’s a freedom there which not even Socialists have ever dreamed of.”

   – Jaroslav Hašek in his beloved Czech novel “The Good Soldier Švejk”

Josef Lada’s Švejk illustrations blown up at the Národní galerie v Praze (Prague’s National Gallery).

Finals week is upon us, yes, even study abroad has one week of hard academia to contend with. I’m fortunate to be spending it researching the anarchist author Jaroslav Hašek, author of one of the greatest Czech literary achievements “The Good Soldier Švejk”. There are few things I have come to love more than this hilarious novel and with it, the wonderfully adorable illustrations by Czech Josef Lada.

If you’re in the market for a new read, Good old Švejk would never let you down.


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