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The Good Soldier Svejk

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:48 am
by 911car
I was in Prague yesterday and walking on the streets at night I came upon this mysterious fresco. I cannot speak or read Czech, of course, but when I saw the name "Svejk" I realized it was probably related to "The good soldier Svejk", the very famous satirical novel (1921) that describes the life of a czech soldier in world war one.
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Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:51 pm
by Gustaf
That would be the Gendarm he met while he was making his way to the front after getting left behind by his regiment.

Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:43 pm
by 911car
Impressive erudition, Gus!
Good to know that somebody knows about soldier Svejk.

Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:25 pm
by Gustaf
My introduction to Good Soldier Svejk actually came from the book Good Camarad Schweik, by Helmut Putz. I found the book when I was still in high school and it was so interesting that I searched for the prequel by Jaroslav Hašek. Good Soldier Svejk is even better, but Putz did do a very good job of moving Svejk into the 1950s.

Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:34 pm
by ww1czechlegion
Thanks for posting this Bruno! It brings back many good memories of my days living in Prague. I went by this place countless times, but unfortunately never stopped to go inside. There used to be a junk shop, and an auction house around the corner, both of which I used to stop at. I think the tram line I used all the time went right by this place, which was located at the bottom of the hill near the funicular below Prague Castle, the Loretto, and the Strahov Monastary. I lived about 10-blocks from Prague Castle on top of the hill, and that whole area was very busy during tourist season, with several million visitors in the warmer months. I hope that you enjoyed your visit, and were able to partake in some good Czech beers!

Best Regards,

Alan