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Headed for the Blues: a Memoir

Skvorecky Josef

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ISBN 10: 0880014628 / ISBN 13: 9780880014625
Verlag: The Ecco Press, Usa, 1996
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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The Ecco Press 1996; Translated by K P Henley, good to very good in dust jacket; 148 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 16903

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Titel: Headed for the Blues: a Memoir

Verlag: The Ecco Press, Usa

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Auflage: First Edition.

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With the mordant humor and sardonic irony that marks his novels, Skvorecky, one of the preeminent Czech writers of the post-World War II generation, looks back on a life of writing amidst the political repression of his native Czechoslovakia. This is a masterfully written memoir by the celebrated author of The Bass Saxophone and The Republic of Whores.


Is there a dissident or writer who lived under Communist rule in Czechoslovakia who wasn't a music aficionado? The blues are in the title of novelist Skvorecky's memoir, but it's jazz that gives the book its improvisatory form and its subtext: jazz as a form of inarticulate protest against the overwhelming power of the state. Skvorecky was born in Kostelec in the 1920s, an idyllic time and place from the vantage point of Czechoslovakia's turbulent subsequent history. Skvorecky skips over the map and across the decades to provide this headlong history of his life and times, a history as jumbled and feverish as a sax player's after-midnight solo.

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