The Pied Piper by Viktor DykThe Pied Piper by Viktor Dyk

The Pied Piper

byViktor DykTranslated byMark Corner

Paperback | July 15, 2018

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For The Pied Piper, Czech writer Viktor Dyk found his muse in the much retold medieval Saxon legend of the villainous, pipe-playing rat-catcher. Dyk uses the tale as a loose frame for his story of a mysterious wanderer, outcast, and would-be revolutionary—a dreamer typical of fin de siècle Czech literature who serves Dyk as a timely expression of the conflict between the petty concerns of bourgeois nineteenth-century society and the coming artistic generation. Impeccably rendered into English by Mark Corner, The Pied Piper retains the beautiful style of Dyk’s original Czech. The inspiration for several theatrical and film adaptations, including a noted animated work from critically acclaimed director Jirí Barta, Dyk’s classical novella is given new life by Corner’s translation, proving that the piper is open to new interpretations still.
Viktor Dyk (1877–1931) was a Czech writer of poetry, prose, and plays, as well as a nationalist politician. Mark Corner is a translator, author, and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
Title:The Pied PiperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:125 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.3 inPublished:July 15, 2018Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8024634406

ISBN - 13:9788024634401


Editorial Reviews

“The generation of the 1890s succeeding Vrchlický and Zeyer was already consciously aesthetic and international. It developed itself under the influence of the Russians, of Ibsen and Hauptmann, of Western realism, Western decadence and symbolism. The folkloristic and provincial tones in drama disappeared and the Czech drama became a part of the European spiritual life. This period is represented by . . . Victor Dyk. . . . Dyk’s ironical illusionism and patriotic pathos found their best expression in . . . plays.”