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.
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 [character] types 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."
Presentation by Sergey Soloukh during Session IV: Hašek, Švejk as Seen by Authors of Prose Fiction of the The World of Jaroslav Hašek conference Harriman Institute at Columbia University on Saturday, April 22, 2023
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