The Republic of whores 2 editions
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 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.
2 editions First published in 1993
1993, Ecco PressThe Republic of whores
in English - 1st American ed.
1995, FaberThe republic of whores
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