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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.

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

"The honesty of Hašek’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."

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 Hašek 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. 



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


A Bohemian's Tale

Books and Writers


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 Hašek (text)
  poslech RealAudio
autor Vilém Faltýnek

The [Political] Sins of Jaroslav Hašek
Stanislav Jíra


Jaroslav Hašek as an Austro-Hungarian soldier in 1915


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

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




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 Hašek, 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

"Political workers", a.k.a. "politruks", i.e. "political leaders" of the
5th Army of the Soviet Red Army
(Hašek sitting in the front row, third from the right.
Detail image of Hašek below.)

Hašek as a propagandist of the 5th Army



Hašek back home  in 1921

Hašek back home in 1921


Jaroslav Hašek with his wife Jarmila and son Ríša.


The cottage Hašek 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 Švejk books 2, 3 and 4.


Jaroslav Hašek and his "Russian" wife Shura in Lipnice.


The last photograph of Jaroslav Hašek, December 1922


Commemorative stamp from the USSR

Czechoslovak commemorative stamp



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