We Were A Handful by Karel PolácekWe Were A Handful by Karel Polácek

We Were A Handful

byKarel PolácekTranslated byMark Corner

Paperback | January 15, 2017

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A favorite work of Czech humor, We Were a Handful depicts the adventures of five boys from a small Czech town through the diary of Petr Bajza, the grocer’s son. Written by Karel Polácek at the height of World War II before his deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, this book draws on the happier years of Polácek’s own childhood as inspiration. As we look upon the world through Petr’s eyes, we, too, marvel at the incomprehensible world of grownups; join in fights between gangs of neighborhood kids; and laugh at the charming language of boys, a major source of the book’s humor. This translation at last offers English-language readers the opportunity to share in Petr’s (and Polácek’s) childhood and reminds us that joy and laughter are possible even in the darkest times.

Karel Polácek (1892–1944) was a Czech novelist and journalist. Of Jewish descent, he was transported to several concentration camps during World War II before dying at Gleiwitz. Mark Corner is a translator, author, and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
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Title:We Were A HandfulFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8024632853

ISBN - 13:9788024632858

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We Were a Handful
Translator's Note and Acknowledgement