New York. 1990. Ecco Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers With A Crease On On The Rear Cover. Paperback Original. 367 pages. January 1990. paperback. Cover: David Montle. 0880012315. keywords: Essays Translated Czech Eastern Europe Literature. inventory # 32730. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Josef Skvorecky's novels have established him as a major author around the world, but his less well known essays include some of his most stimulating writing. TALKIN' MOSCOW BLUES is the first-ever collection of Skvorecky's essays, reviews, and interviews. Here are deeply personal stories about the friends and events that have shaped his beliefs and his writing: thoughtful examinations of the nature of art, politics, and freedom; reviews of writers such as Faulkner and Kafka, and filmmakers Jiri Menzel and Francis Coppola. And sprinkled throughout are Skvorecky's lively commentaries on the foibles of both East and West. Skvorecky has lived under the spectrum of political regimes – from the rightist oppression of the Nazis to the leftist oppression of the Soviets – and he has resisted the influence of both sides. As a amateur musician in Czechoslovakia he slipped ‘verboten' lyrics past the Nazi censor and played ‘degenerate' jazz with a lookout at the door; as a lifelong film devotee and friend of top filmmakers he saw scripts written and rewritten to match the ebb and flow of party politics; as a writer he had his first major work, THE COWARDS, banned and confiscated by the authorities. As a Czech he is exiled for life, but as a Canadian he has found freedom to express his thoughts and opinions, both in fiction and non-fiction. Josef Skvorecky won the 1980 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1984 Governor General's Award for THE ENGINEER OF HUMAN SOULS.
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