Jaroslav Hašek is a Czech writer most famous for his wickedly funny, widely read, yet incomplete novel The Good Soldier Schweik, a series of absurdist vignettes about a recalcitrant WWI soldier. Hašekin spite of a life of buffoonery and debaucherywas remarkably prolific. He wrote hundreds of short stories that all display both his extraordinary gift for satire and his profound distrust of authority. Behind the Lines presents a series of nine short stories first published in the Prague Tribune and considered to be some of Hašek’s best. Based on his experiences as a Red Commissar in the Russian Civil War and his return to Czechoslovakia, Behind the Lines focuses on the Russian town of Bugulma, taking aim, with mordant wit, at the absurdities of a revolution.
Providing important background and insight into The Good Soldier Schweik, this collection by a writer some call the Bolshevik Mark Twain is nevertheless much more than a tool for understanding his better-known novel; it is a significant work in its own right. A hidden gem remarkable for its modern, ribald sense of humor, Behind the Lines is an enjoyable, fast-paced anthology of great literary and historical value.
About the Author
Jaroslav Hašek (1883‒1923) was a Czech satirist who wrote over 1,400 short stories, as well as the novel The Good Soldier Schweik. Mark Corner is a translator, author, and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
Table of Contents
Commanding Officer, Town of Bugulma
Second-in-Command to the Commanding Officer, Town of Bugulma
The Via Dolorosa
A Strategic Hitch
Bugulma’s Glory Days
There is Hitch with the Prisoners
Before the Revolutionary Tribunal of the Eastern Front
The Supreme Truth which is Chên-shih
Shake the Dust from your Shoes
How I Came to Meet the Author of my Obituary
Translator’s Note and Acknowledgement