The Republic of Whores

The Republic of Whores Josef Skvorecky internationally acclaimed for his rich prose and expansive vision spins a beguiling comical tale of army life under foreign occupation The Republic of Whores takes place on an army b

  • Title: The Republic of Whores
  • Author: Josef Škvorecký
  • ISBN: 9780880014281
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Republic of Whores

    Josef Skvorecky, internationally acclaimed for his rich prose and expansive vision, spins a beguiling comical tale of army life under foreign occupation The Republic of Whores takes place on an army base in rural Czechoslovakia, where the draftees of the Seventh Tank Battalion reluctantly prepare for the inevitable war with America This is life in the Czechoslovak StalinJosef Skvorecky, internationally acclaimed for his rich prose and expansive vision, spins a beguiling comical tale of army life under foreign occupation The Republic of Whores takes place on an army base in rural Czechoslovakia, where the draftees of the Seventh Tank Battalion reluctantly prepare for the inevitable war with America This is life in the Czechoslovak Stalinist People s Democratic Army at its most insane, bawdy, and raw It s a romp through the idiocies that prevailed under Soviet occupation and bred fear and nonsense For all the rules and regulations of oppression, though, the human spirit triumphs here With endearing ideological indifference, the young men fake tank maneuvers, study Russian texts with horror novels tucked inside, and mock patriotic songs with their own lyrics Tank Commander Danny Smiricky, the hero of many Skvorecky novels, is at his most subversive and charming While Danny tries to cope with his boisterous, not too bright, homesick troop, he dreams of love and of getting out of the army by fair means or foul Behind Skvorecky s characteristic ironic humor and sensual detail is the menacing shadow of thoughtless political dogma, personified in Major Borvicka the Pygmy Devil The Major would sell his soul and his fellow soldiers for Soviet accolades Meanwhile, the troops will do whatever possible to undermine their rigid, Soviet loving officers, while taking instructions on everything from compulsory reading tests to history, sex, and love The drama comes to a head at the Cultural Farewell Party where the soldiers show exactly what they think of political correctness and their doctrine drunk Major.

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    1. Benjamin Kahn

      An uneven book. The satire on the Soviet socialist propaganda was very funny. The soldiers desperately trying to earn the badge despite not having read any of the The story of Danny's love life was boring. And the satire on military life, although amusing, reminded me of other, similar works - The Good Soldier Svejk, Catch-22, Oh What a Lovely War!, Turvey" and Spike Milligan's war-time trilogy. For the most part, an enjoyable read, with only the Danny Smiricky's love life to slow the pace down. [...]

    2. Ivona

      Klasika a pro mě nostalgická četba. Poprvé jsem Tankový prapor četla, když jsem se "učila" na přijímačky na střední školu. :D

    3. Czarny Pies

      L'escadron blindé est une collection de neuf comptes tres comiques qu'a écrit Jospeh Skvorecky sur ses experiences pendant son service militaire obligatoire en l'ancienne Tchtecoslovakie qui a eu lieu Durant les années cinquante. Comme en France, aux Etats-Units, en Pologne, en Suede et partout ailleurs ou le service militaire obligatoire existait, les jeunes Tchtecoslovaques le détestait. On était loin de sa petite amie et o mangeait mal. Aussi on deviennait tres frustré parce que sa carr [...]

    4. Patrick

      This is Skvorecky's fictionalized account of his term as a conscript in the Czechoslovak Army in the early 1950s, when the Communist Party worshiped the still-living Stalin. So on top of the absurdities of military life - which these stories share with many other army novels - are piled the absurdities of Communism, under which truth is banned, and the working class members of the army become Enemies of the Working Class when they fail to perform to the absurd standards set before them. This boo [...]

    5. Shannon

      My rating is probably not fair, because my western-centric mind had trouble keeping all the Slavic names straight. Index cards away! Anyway, it's an interesting glimpse into Communism in the artist formerly known as Czechoslavakia, especially for those of us who have existed completely in a capitalistic environment.

    6. Quentin

      A bizarre and in parts hilarious take, clearly from first-hand experience, on the absurdities of the Soviet-dominated communist regime that ruled Czechoslovakia. This is set in the 1950s, well before the 1968 revolution and Soviet tanks on the streets of Prague, after which the regime's attitude became significantly tougher.Interesting to see the expression 'Svejking about' used.

    7. Lucy Siskova

      Uznávám, že hlavním cílem tohoto humoritického románu je pobavit nikoli pohoršit čtenáře sprostými až vulgárními výrazy. Nerada bych "Tankový prapor" zatracovala, ale ani se nemohu přiznat k nadšencům tvorby autora Škvoreckého. Souhlasím s vtipným vyprávěním o vojácích, ale už ne tolik se slovními obraty. Kniha zaujme a troufám si říci, že vystihuje dokonale situaci a stav věcí té doby.

    8. Crotijak

      Odlična knjiga, baš ono što ide uz tradiciju čehoslovačke hladnoratovske humoreske. Kod nas prevedena kao Oklopni bataljon u izdanju evergreena. Republika kurvi očito nije prošlo kao prijevod naslova u Jugoslaviji ;)

    9. Leif Erik

      One of my favorite books of all time. An absurdest take on life in a dictatorship. An excellent examination of what happens when facts are made the enemy of the Truth. Plus military jokes which is always something I'll love.

    10. Dennis

      A hilarious book, particularly the first part, which captured the Czech lack of enthusiasm for all things military.

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