An Introduction to Twentieth-century Czech Fiction: Comedies of Defiance

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Sussex Academic Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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This book is a lucid and balanced appraisal of some of the best Czech fiction of the 20th century. Beginning by setting out some of the chief features of Czech literature, notably its preoccupations with lyricism, civic-mindedness, and comedy, there follow discussions such authors as Capek, Hašek, Hrabal, Škvoreck , Pavel, Kl ma, as well as Hodrov , Viewegh and Topol. The book spans the entire century, from the newly created Czechoslovakia after 1918, through the years of Nazi occupation and Communist rule, the Prague Spring, and finally on to the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

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Robert Porter is a professor and the chair of Slavonic studies at the University of Glasgow. He has published numerous articles, reviews, and translations relating to Russian and Czech literature.

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