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Book Title: The Tenor Saxophonist's Story|
The author of the book: Josef Škvorecký
ISBN 13: 9780880015639
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.16 MB
Edition: Ecco Press
Date of issue: December 12th 1961
Read full description of the books The Tenor Saxophonist's Story:Danny Smirecky plays sax in a jazz band. He is young and just wants to have a good time - music and girls are his main pursuits.
But this is post war Czechoslovakia, the communists are in power and their influence is all pervasive. Jazz is a decadent American art form (spookily the Nazis held a similar view) so Danny has to be careful.
This is a book of ten linked short stories. It shows how people came to terms with the new political setup, and the compromises that had to be made to survive and even thrive under the new regime. The old boys network becomes the old comrades network.
To paraphrase the late great Joseph Strummer
"I believe in this
And its been tested by research
He who gets very friendly with nuns
Will later join the church"
There are funny moments, like the story of the man who is beaten unconscious and "disappeared" for accidentally damaging a portrait of Stalin, and tales of crass stupidity and unfairness - a teenager Danny knows is denied education because his father is a class enemy, whilst his dim pal gets to go to uni
Smirecky is a thinly veiled portrait of the author as a young man. Skvorecky is a fine writer. This book would be a good taster for his work, then go on to The Cowards or The Engineer of Human Souls
Read information about the authorJosef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech writer and publisher who spent much of his life in Canada. Škvorecký was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1980. He and his wife were long-time supporters of Czech dissident writers before the fall of communism in that country. By turns humorous, wise, eloquent and humanistic, Škvorecký's fiction deals with several themes: the horrors of totalitarianism and repression, the expatriate experience, and the miracle of jazz.
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