By reading The Good Soldier Švejk, you will get a heavy dose of culture and a glimpse at modern social history in the making.

 

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Like Diogenes, Švejk lingers at the margins of an unfriendly society against which he is defending his independent existence. "Švejking" is the method for surviving "švejkárna", which is a situation or institution of systemic absurdity requiring the employment of "švejking" for one to survive and remain untouched by it.

MUSIC VERSIONS

Robert Kurka's opera The Good Soldier Schweik (1957)
(Listen to 12 excerpts from the opera.)

Konstantin Wecker's German musical Schwejk it Easy! (2001)
at the Theater des Westens in Berlin
song list

 

 

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