The Cowards by Josef SkvoreckyThe Cowards by Josef Skvorecky

The Cowards

byJosef Skvorecky

Paperback | November 8, 1994

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Girls, jazz, politics, the golden dreams and black comedy of youth--these are the compelling ingredients of The Cowards.

May 1945, a small town in Czechoslovakia.  The Germans are withdrawing.  The Red Army is advancing.  And Danny Smiricky is being forced to grow up fast.  Observing with contempt the antics of the town's citizens playing it safe, he adopts the role first of reluctant conscript, then of dashing partisan.

The Cowards is the story of an uncomplicated, talented youth caught up in momentous historic events who refuses to be bored to death by politics--or to lie down and die without a fight.

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Josef Skvorecky is the author of many internationally acclaimed novels, including The Engineer of Human Souls and The Miracle Game.  He lives in Toronto.--
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Title:The CowardsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:November 8, 1994Publisher:Knopf Canada

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ISBN - 10:039428058X

ISBN - 13:9780394280585

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In a small town in Czechoslovakia in May 1945, the Germans are withdrawing and the Red Army advancing. Danny Smiricky is forced to grow up fast. Girls, jazz, and the golden dreams and dark comedy of youth are the compelling ingredients of Josef Skvorecky's first novel. The Cowards is the story of an uncomplicated, talented young man caught up in momentous historic events. He refuses to be bored to death by politics or to lie down without a fight. Observing the antics of the town's senior citizens with contempt, he is at first a reluctant conscript, then a dashing partisan.

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“An important piece of history is marvelously recorded here, and anyone who wants to know how it felt to be young, idealistic, and innocent at the end of the war. . . should read The Cowards.” —The Times Literary Supplement “I have enjoyed The Cowards as much as any novel I have read during the last year. A very funny and very sad story.” —Graham Greene “It's funny, on the mark, and viciously faithful in its portrayal of the 1950s.”  —Daily News