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I have been a longtime fan of the late Škvorecký, a great Czech, a great Canadian, a great writer, simply a great man. In one of the interviews within he mentions that in Canada, for a protracted period during the seventies/early eighties, he was labelled an anti-communist, which my fellow countrymen, at that time, thought was something too extreme, too American in essence—and my own father fell into that disapproving camp. But I always enjoyed his books, sensed the truth of what he was saying—and, with the advantages of maturity and accompanying hindsight, deem his utter rejection of Communism, Fascism, all manners of Totalitarianism—any system that, as he says within this brilliant and eminently readable collection of essays, reviews, and interviews, are accounts of reality not rooted in common experience—to be experientially formed, powerfully expressed, consistently held, inherently humane, and worthy of being continually renewed within the court of global apprehension.

There's a particularly acute—and, at the time of its initial publication, rather controversial—essay within in which Škvorecký gently took his fellow citizens to task for the naivete they consistently displayed when it came to the outside world—and, more pointedly, the Communist Bloc within such; discerning good and/or peaceful intentions as well as believing the protestations or asseverations of political leaders/representatives from the Socialist Second World, most especially when the target of said action was the United States, when a more critical engagement with such appeared to be called for. Škvorecký took pains to clarify that he could cast no aspersions on Canadians' political sense in the domestic arena—one to which the author himself, as a Czech refugee, was a relative newcomer—but felt that the country, as a whole, needed to develop a more mature standard for measuring both its place in the world and, of greater urgency, its dealings with that divide between Capitalist and Communist polities. Škvorecký treasured his new home—one wherein he was treated as an acclaimed Canadian writer even though his renowned books were written in Czech, which fact impressed him immensely in its representational quality as to the ease with which immigrants were assimilated and accepted in North America in comparison to his experience of the European realms—and admired its laws, rights, and freedoms; but he worried that its citizenry's capacious proclivity for easy agreement with dissemblance and seeing what it wished to see meant that its important and valued voice in international affairs failed to signal and achieve all that it properly should. A diplomatic but direct exercise whose targeted thoughtfulness gave me a good bit to chew on.

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  • Publisher:Ecco Press
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  • Ganre: Writing
  • Release: 01.02.1990
  • ISBN: 9780880012317
  • Pages 367
  • Rating: 4.12 (17 votes)


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