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Ploughshares into Swords

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 22 Apr 2022
The first English-language translation of a classic Czech antiwar novel written in the wake of WWI.
 
Originally published in 1925, Ploughshares into Swords is an expressionist antiwar novel in which Vladislav Vančura tells the story of the denizens of the Ouhrov estate in language as baroque as the manor that ties them all together. The fragmented narrative introduces the reader to such characters as Baron Danowitz, his sons, his French concubine, the farmhand František Hora, and the mentally disabled murderer Řeka in the autumn of 1913, before revealing their fates during World War I. Ranging from the peaceful farmlands of Bohemia to the battlefields of Galicia, taking in the pubs of Budapest and the hospitals of Krakow, the novel constitutes an unsentimental and naturalistic approach to the war that created Czechoslovakia. Ploughshares into Swords is a stunning novel by one of Czech literature’s most important writers. This modernist masterpiece, reminiscent of the work of Isaac Babel and William Faulkner, is now available in English for the very first time.
 
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9788024648149
ISBN-10: 8024648148
Pagini: 170
Dimensiuni: 131 x 185 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Ediția: Nouă
Editura: Karolinum Press, Charles University

Notă biografică

Vladislav Vančura (1891–1942) was one of the most important Czech writers of the twentieth century. He was also active as a film director, playwright, and screenwriter. David Short is a translator of numerous books from Czech to English.