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Written in 1968, this comic novel about the Czechoslovak Stalinist People's Democratic Army as it prepares for war with America is a study in the corruption and absurdity of communism and the resilience and resistance of the powerless.
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In a not-so-long-ago time, on an army base in rural Czechoslovakia, the draftees of the Seventh Tank Battalion gird themselves for the inevitable war with America by practicing tank manoeuvres (or faking them), studying Russian texts (with horror novels tucked inside), and singing patriotic songs (with refreshing new lyrics).
Among them is Tank Commander Danny Smiricky, looking forward to discharge and trying to stay out of trouble in the meantime--not an easy task when he's torn between two irresistible women, and surrounded by a boisterous and hilariously independent-minded tank crew. But the greatest danger to Danny is his politically correct major, a tiny termagant known as the Pygmy Devil. And on the eve of Danny's discharge, disaster looms...
Behind the comedy of his exuberantly lustful tale lies a savage parody of life under foreign occupation.
Josef Skvorecky served in the Czech army from 1950-53. His writing, including The Engineer of Human Souls and The Miracle Game, is internationally acclaimed.
Paul Wilson is renowned for his translations of most of the leading Czech writers today.
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Book Description Ecco Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0880013710
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition.... 12975,1ST US EDITION Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # D23A
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0880013710
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110880013710
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