The Swell Season by Josef SkvoreckyThe Swell Season by Josef Skvorecky

The Swell Season

byJosef Skvorecky

Paperback | October 15, 2010

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In the six tales that make up The Swell Season, Josef Skvorecky recounts the frustrated desires of young Danny Smiricky, a teenager growing up in the forties. These wonderful tales, full of wry humour and unexpected plot twists, seem to add up to a fond portrait of an innocent era?this is, however, wartime Czechoslovakia, and the fragile world of the adolescent falls under the shadow of the Nazi presence.

A masterpiece of storytelling by the Governor General’s Award?winning author, this new edition of The Swell Season features a new foreword by the Oscar-winning stars of the film Once.

JOSEF SKVORECKY is an award-winning author whose novels include The Cowards, The Bass Saxophone, The Swell Season, and The Engineer of Human Souls. Among his numerous literary awards are the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1980), the Governor General’s Award for Fiction (1984), and the Czech Republic State Prize for Litera...
Title:The Swell SeasonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Key Porter BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0886194555

ISBN - 13:9780886194550

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Editorial Reviews

“Skvorecky is a magnificent writer and a hilarious observer of human folly.“-Newsweek“One of the major literary figures of our time. His novels are sad, funny-and utterly gripping.“-The New Yorker“Josef Skvorecky is unquestionably an important writer, blending a great humorous talent with a restless, sustained, probing moral inquisitiveness.“-Times Literary Supplement“Skvorecky displays the tongue-in-cheek irony that is common to many Eastern European writers, but his unique compassion, humanism and wisdom in the face of relentless, unspeakable political horror makes him consistently engaging and intriguing. .[O]ne of the finest international writers of his generation.“- Publishers Weekly“Skvorecky is a master of that modern specialty, the heart-rending belly-laugh.“- Time“A funny, despairing, satirical, compassionate, sprawling, gloomy, provocative, prophetic, angry, and entertaining book. One of the most important novels ever written in Canada.“- Canadian Forum, on The Engineer of Human Souls“Magnificent! A magnum opus in all respects.“-Milan Kundera, on The Engineer of Human Souls