Books by Josef Škvorecký

WHEN EVE WAS NAKED by Josef Škvorecký
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"When he isn't, you're better off reading Kundera or Kafka."
A big collection of 24 autobiographical stories written between 1949 and 1998 (and most of which were previously published and collected) by the Czech expatriate (now Canadian) author of Two Murders in My Double Life (2001), etc. The stories are arranged to record the life of Škvorecký's fictional alter ego Danny Smiricky (who narrates many of them), ranging from anecdotal memories of childhood (e.g., "Why I Lernt to Reed") through pictures of life under both Nazi and Communist domination (the plaintive title story, about growing up within the shadow of a burgeoning Hitler Youth Movement; "Song of Forgotten Years," an expression of Škvorecký's well-documented love of American jazz) to retrospective pieces like "A Magic Mountain and a Willowy Wench," an account of a late-life return to the narrator's native village. Read full book review >
TWO MURDERS IN MY DOUBLE LIFE by Josef Škvorecký
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

The author of The Tenor Saxophonist's Story (1997), among others, turns to the tried-and-true form of the play-within-a-play—with results that fail to allay its own artificialities. Read full book review >
THE TENOR SAXOPHONIST'S STORY by Josef Škvorecký
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"Neither will most readers."
The first English translation of an early (195456) episodic novel by the Czechoslovakian-born author of The Engineer of Human Souls (1984) and other chronicles of cultural dislocation and exile. Read full book review >
THE BRIDE OF TEXAS by Josef Škvorecký
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 1996

"Easily the best novel kvoreck has yet written, and a likely commercial as well as critical success."
An absorbing saga of the American Civil War—and a stunning departure for its Czechoslovakian-born (now Canadian) author (Dvorak in Love, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE GAME by Josef Škvorecký
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

Masterful Czech novelist Skvorecky, who's recently been marking time with detective stories about Lt. Read full book review >
SINS FOR FATHER KNOX by Josef Škvorecký
Released: Feb. 27, 1989

Ten more mystery stories by the gifted Czech novelist (The Engineer of Human Souls, Dvorak in Love), who is also an intense devotee of "Golden Age" puzzle, suspense. Read full book review >