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Fiction. The expression "the engineer of human souls" is held, by many political indoctrinators, to be Stalin's definition of a writer: as an engineer constructs a machine, so must a writer construct the mind of the New Man. "The Engineer of Human Souls" is a labyrinthine comic novel that investigates the journey and plight of novelist Danny Smiricky, a Czech immigrant to Canada. As adventuresome, episodic, bawdy, comic, and literary, as any novel written in the past twenty-five years, The Engineer is worthy of the subtitle Skvorecky gave it: "An entertainment on the Old Themes of Life, Women, Fate, Dreams, The Working Class, Secret Agents, Love, and Death." "Josef Shvorecky is unquestionably an important writer, blending a great humorous talent with a restless, sustained, probing moral inquisitiveness..."The Engineer of Human Souls" will certainly introduce the reader to the distinctive Skvorecky world" (Ernest Gellner, Times Literary Supplement).

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"So entertaining that it would be dangerous to read it without laughing aloud."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

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The Engineer of Human Souls is a labyrinthine comic novel that investigates the journey and plight of novelist Danny Smiricky, a Czech immigrant to Canada. As the novel begins, he is a professor of American literature at a college in Toronto. Out of touch with his young students, and hounded by the Czech secret police, Danny is let loose to roam between past and present, adopting whatever identity that he chooses or has been imposed upon him by History.

As adventuresome, episodic, bawdy, comic, and literary as any novel written in the past twenty-five years, The Engineer of Human Souls is worthy of the subtitle Skvorecky gave it: "An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life, Women, Fate, Dreams, The Working Class, Secret Agents, Love and Death."

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Ailana, August 9, 2008 (view all comments by Ailana)
Slipping through time from war-torn Czechoslovakia under the Nazis, to Communist rule, on to Canada in later years, The Engineer of Human Souls is both humorous and tragic. Skyvorecky was unknown to me until I heard him recommended on a TV show, but I'm so glad to have found this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781564781994
Translator:
Wilson, Paul
Author:
Wilson, Paul
Author:
Skvorecky, Josef
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Location:
Normal, IL :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Czechs
Subject:
Men -- Czechoslovakia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Czechs -- Canada -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1st Dalkey Archive ed.
Series:
Czech Literature Series
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9 x 6.1 x 1.3 in 1.76 lb

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Product details 592 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564781994 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "So entertaining that it would be dangerous to read it without laughing aloud."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , The Engineer of Human Souls is a labyrinthine comic novel that investigates the journey and plight of novelist Danny Smiricky, a Czech immigrant to Canada. As the novel begins, he is a professor of American literature at a college in Toronto. Out of touch with his young students, and hounded by the Czech secret police, Danny is let loose to roam between past and present, adopting whatever identity that he chooses or has been imposed upon him by History.

As adventuresome, episodic, bawdy, comic, and literary as any novel written in the past twenty-five years, The Engineer of Human Souls is worthy of the subtitle Skvorecky gave it: "An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life, Women, Fate, Dreams, The Working Class, Secret Agents, Love and Death."

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