Behind the Lines

Bugulma and Other Stories

Jaroslav Hasek

Jaroslav Hasek

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by Mark Corner
224 pages | 38 halftones | 5 x 7 | © 2012
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9788024620138 Published June 2012 World rights except for the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

Jaroslav Hašek is a Czech writer most famous for his wickedly funny, widely read yet incomplete novel The Good Soldier Schweik, a series of absurdist vignettes about a recalcitrant WWI soldier. Hašek—in spite of a life of buffoonery and debauchery—was remarkably prolific. He wrote hundreds of short stories that all display both his extraordinary gift for satire and his profound distrust of authority. Here, in a new English translation, is a series of short stories based on Hašek’s experiences as a Red Commissar in the Russian Civil War and his return to Czechoslovakia.
First published in the Prague Tribune, these nine stories are considered to be some of his best, and they provide delightful entertainment as well as important background and insight into The Good Soldier Schweik. This collection by a writer some call the Bolshevik Mark Twain, is much more than a tool for understanding Hašek’s better known novel; it is a significant work in its own right. Behind the Lines focuses on the Russian town of Bugulma, and takes aim, with mordant wit, at the absurdities of a revolution. A hidden gem remarkable for its modern, ribald sense of humor, Behind the Lines is an enjoyable, fast-paced anthology of great literary and historical value.

Contents
Commanding Officer, Town of Bugulma
Second-in-Command to the Commanding Officer, Town of Bugulma
The Via Dolorosa
A Strategic Hitch
Bugulma’s Glory Days
New Dangers
Potemkin’s Villages
There is Hitch with the Prisoners
Before the Revolutionary Tribunal of the Eastern Front
The Supreme Truth which is Chên-shih
Cross Purposes
Shake the Dust from your Shoes
How I Came to Meet the Author of my Obituary

Afterword
Translator’s Note and Acknowledgement
Editor’s Note
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