The Author


Most people who never leave the geographical and social circuit of their own national culture and its constituent elements cannot even begin to imagine what Jaroslav Hasek underwent, as a real person, a thinking and feeling being on his anabasis through Europe and Asia between his joining the army and his return home.  



Jarmila, Hasek’s wife, said this of her maligned husband:

"The honesty of Hasek’s work lies in that he would descend for his art all the way to the level of his jokes to come to understand their relation to people and things. He sacrificed himself, a mother, a wife, a child, a friend – he laid everything he had on the altar of truth – and she revealed herself to him such as she is, a laughably crippled wretch, without trinkets and without a veil."

  Golden Eyes [That'd Be the Day]
The third component of The INTERNational Memorial of Eavesdropping and Wiretapping
in the Quarry Střelnice [Shooting Gallery] in Lipnice on the Sázava River.


What they say about Jaroslav Hasek
(on the Internet, that is ...)

A Bohemian's Tale


English broadcast of the Czech Radio
Listen in RealAudio: 
  Jaroslav Hasek RealAudio
by Nick Carey
As heard on the Czech Radio on 11/29/00

 České vysílání Českého rozhlasu (Czech language broadcast of the Czech Radio)
Před 80 lety zemřel Jaroslav Hasek (text)
  poslech RealAudio
autor Vilém Faltýnek

The [Political] Sins of Jaroslav Hasek
Stanislav Jíra


Jaroslav Hasek as an Austro-Hungarian soldier in 1915



Writing for the Čechoslovan [Czechoslav] in Kiev while a member of the Czecho-Slovak Legions



The tall building on the left is the Kiev Hotel Praga (Prague) where Hasek  lived and worked as an editor of the Čechoslovan magazine.


Hasek's letter of resignation from the Czecho-Slovak Legions. ( see translated version below)



To the Branch of the Czechoslovak National Council.

     I hereby let it be known that I do not agree with the policy of the Branch of the Czechoslovak National Council and with the departure of our corps to France.

     Therefore I declare that I am leaving the Czechoslovak corps until such time that both within the corps and the National Council activities as a whole a new direction prevails.

     I request that this decision of mine be noted. I will even now continue to work for a revolution in Austria and the liberation of our nation.



Jaroslav Hasek, in own hand


Read at the meeting 4/18/18
(illegible initials and signature)



Human fates of Jaroslav Gashek

A photograph posted on the site of
Omsk State University in Russia



"Politruki" ", i.e. "political leaders", of the 5th Army of the Soviet Red Army (Hasek sitting in the front row, third from the right. Detail image of Hasek below.)


Hasek as a propagandist of the 5th Army.








The cottage Hasek bought in 1921 and moved into in summer 1922, located across the street from the pub in Lipnice on the Sázava river where he wrote Svejk books 2, 3 and 4.

Jaroslav Hasek and his Russian wife Shura in Lipnice.

The last photograph of Jaroslav Hasek, December 1922


Commemorative stamp from the USSR

Czechoslovak commemorative stamp