One fact is undeniable: the "svejking" method has been so popular and successful that political, military, and intellectual leaders at times feel the need to openly decry it and those who are suspected of employing it. The novel that introduced this survival method to the world was banned from the Czechoslovak army in 1925, the Polish translation was confiscated in 1928, the Bulgarian translation was suppressed in 1935, and the German translation burned on Nazi bonfires in 1933. Gustáv Husák, the General Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party who replaced the Prague Spring reformer Alexander Dubček in that post after the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia, and assumed the Presidency as well, exhorted the population in a speech during the 1970's period of the so-called "normalization" to "STOP SVEJKING!!!"
The original Czech text online
Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války
Challenges of translating Svejk into English: A report on the experimental project of its “Chicago version”
"A decision to translate the 207,009 words of Hasek’s unfinished novel in my judgment cannot be – and in my case indeed was not – a result of a rational consideration."
The first, abridged and bowdlerized translation by Paul Selver (1888 Mar 22 - 1970 Apr 9),
The Good Soldier Schweik
London, Heinemann, 1930
The second, first unabridged translation by Cecil Parrott,
The Good Soldier Svejk and his fortunes in the World War
New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1973
The latest translation
The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk During the World War
by Zenny K. Sadlon and Emmett M. Joyce
1stBooks Library, 2000
Book Two and Book(s) Three&Four
by Zenny K. Sadlon
Translations available on-line
An on-line Russian translation
Похождения бравого солдата Швейка
(Adventures of the Brave Soldier Svejk)
An on-line Ukrainian translation
Пригоди бравого вояка Швейк
(Adventures of the Brave Soldier Svejk)
An on-line Hungarian translation:
Book One, A Hátországban (In the Rear)
Book Two, A Fronton (At the Front)
Book Three, A Dicsoséges Csihi-puhi (The Famous Thrashing)
Book Four, A Dicsoséges Csihi-puhi Folytatása (The Continuation of the Famous Thrashing)
An on-line Esperanto translation:
La brava soldato Svejk, 1, 273 pages, 2.1 MB
La brava soldato Svejk, 2, 271 pages, 1.1 MB
La brava soldato Svejk, 3, 269 pages, 1.4 MB
La brava soldato Svejk, 4, 103 pages, 537 KB
Dobrý voják Svejk a jiné podivné historky
(The Good Soldier Svejk and Other Strange Stories)
The original five Svejk stories first published in 1911 in Karikatury [Caricatures] and Dobrá kopa [Good Fellow]. Here the hero is a mere good-hearted, loyal Czech soldier and the "company numskull".
Karel Stroff's 1911 drawing
Karel Stroff (b. 1881 Kutná Hora, Czech Lands, Austria-Hungary - d. 1929 Prague, Czechoslovakia) was a very well known Czech illustrator of the early 20th century. He studied first under E. K .Liska, and later, between 1899 and 1901 at the Prague Academy under Ženísek. At last he was a student of F. Stuck in Munich, Germany. He produced work for the best Czech and German magazines.
An on-line text of the second predecessor, the same five stories as above, but published as a book instead of magazine story:
Dobrý voják Švejk před válkou
(The Good Soldier Svejk Before the War)
A Spin-off Book Fragment
Arthur Koestler recalls in his memoirs that in the summer of 1935 he "wrote about half of a satirical novel called The Good Soldier Schweik Goes to War Again.... It had been commissioned by Willy Münzenberg [the Comintern's chief propagandist in the West] ... but was vetoed by the Party on the grounds of the book's 'pacifist errors' " (The Invisible Writing: An Autobiography by Arthur Koestler [New York, 1954], p. 283).
A Spin-off Book
On Yer Bike, Schweik!
Time Warner Paperbacks, London, December 9, 1993
"Based on the letters a father sends home to his family while serving from Dunkirk to Monte Cassino, these 16 tales represent one man's experience of a war. They concern the legion of botchers and bunglers who were doing their noblest and best not to win the war." - amazon.co.uk