Search Results: "Josef Holub"


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AN INNOCENT SOLDIER by Josef Holub
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Translated from the German, the simple, understated and at times eloquent first-person narrative rings true to one boy's experience of war, adventure and survival. (map spread, historical note) (Fiction. 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Adam Feuchter is tricked by the farmer he works for, substituted for the farmer's own son and drafted into the army. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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A BOHEMIAN YOUTH by Josef Hirsal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"No serious harm is done, and the result is nostalgic, agreeably sexy, and quite charming."
A Bohemain Youth ($39.95; paper $14.95; Dec.; 81 pp.; 0-8101-1223-X, 0-8101-1592-1): An inventive and clever parody of the coming-of-age tale, set in Czechoslovakia's First Republic between the world wars and consisting of a brief sketch of (its protagonist) ``Josef Hiral's'' childhood and youth, followed by comically detailed ``Notes,'' ``Notes on the Notes,'' and so on. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Makes a witty case for how the world ought to work."
A European explains why American primacy in the 21st century will be natural, provided that it is conservative. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Mostly good news, then, with some bad thrown in to balance the picture. Of interest to those with a bent for policy wonkery, geopolitics and demographic trends."
Think Yankee power is doomed? The answer is no, argues German magazine editor Joffe, even if the patient seems to be running a fever. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"But overall, the essays are grave excursions on matters of life and death, truth and falsity, by one who has endured life in Eastern Europe and, because he is a scientist, retains a belief that progress is possible."
Add a new voice to the medical-literary essay genre: Holub is a Czech immunologist and poet, distinguished in both fields. Read full book review >

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KNUCKLEHEADS by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Original and entertaining. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What is the sound of one hand clapping? Read full book review >

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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 >