First part of The Good Soldier Švejk published 90 years ago

March 1st marks the 90th anniversary of the original publication of the first part of Jaroslav Hašek’s satirical masterpiece The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War. The four-part book made its author famous and found a permanent place in world literature. Since its original publication, the adventures of Hašek’s good-humoured main character have been translated into 54 languages, including Chinese and Arabic. ‘Švejk’ to this day also remains popular among Czech readers: Czech Radio reported on Tuesday that Prague’s Municipal Library had more than 130 copies on loan to readers.

Author: Chris Johnstone