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Book Title: Mirákl|
Date of issue: 1978
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The author of the book: Josef Škvorecký
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 947 KB
Edition: Sixty-eight Publishers
Read full description of the books Mirákl:A well written and fascinating book set in Communist Czechslovakia. There's a miracle in a village church, a series of chess tournaments, several ill advised and illicit relationships, jazz music and poetry. The main character starts off as a teacher and becomes a writer and a musician, which all gives the author plenty of opportunity for intelligent commentary on culture, politics and sexual morality under the Communists. It's interesting and amusing, though sometimes I did wish it were a bit shorter and it gets confusing sometimes with the switching between times and places. It is however a must read for anyone interested in recent Eastern European history.
(Skvorecky's best novel in my humble opinion is the wonderful 'Engineer of Human Souls'.)
Read information about the authorJosef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech writer and publisher who spent much of his life in Canada. Škvorecký was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1980. He and his wife were long-time supporters of Czech dissident writers before the fall of communism in that country. By turns humorous, wise, eloquent and humanistic, Škvorecký's fiction deals with several themes: the horrors of totalitarianism and repression, the expatriate experience, and the miracle of jazz.
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