New York. 1997. Ecco Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Czech by Caleb Crain, Kaca Polackova Henley & Peter Kussi. 192 pages. hardcover. ISBN: 088001461x. inventory # 23611. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From one of the preeminent European writers of our time, a dark and very funny novel about love, music, and political intrigue. THE TENOR SAXOPHONIST'S STORY reveals how all the important things in life are complicated sometimes hilariously so-by the paranoia of Eastern bloc politics. Misguided romance, jazz, fear and betrayal are at the heart of this novel, all narrated by a young, idealistic musician. Brash and lyrical, frightening and comic, this tenor saxophonist's riff will linger in the mind long after the final note is sounded. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Ten interconnecting tales include "Truths," in which some things are better left unsaid; "A Case for Political Inspectors," in which fear and hypocrisy shakes the highest class levels; and "Krpata's Blues," where true love and an apartment are at stake.
From Kirkus Reviews: The first English translation of an early (195456) episodic novel by the Czechoslovakian-born author of The Engineer of Human Souls (1984) and other chronicles of cultural dislocation and exile. In ten vignettes, Danny Smiricky, an apolitical young jazz musician (and the protagonist of the above-mentioned novel and of several other kvoreck titles) reminisces in diffuse fashion about his experiences and friendships in and around Prague in the immediate postwar, post-Stalinist period. Among other embattled souls, there's a newspaperwoman (``Madam Editor'') whose hatred of ``Bolshevism'' altered under the pressure of practical considerations; an anticommunist judge who joined the Party in order to subvert its principles; and a gorgeous teenager (``Little Mata Hari of Prague'') who may have masqueraded as a double agent. And in the final chapter, Danny weakly declares his wavering allegiance to ``socialism'' to a friend who offers to get him out of the country and to safety in the West. None of these characters is drawn with great vividness, nor do any of the opinions held or debated seem especially forceful. It's all communicated with a kind of whimsical Vonnegut-like indifference, expressed in exasperatingly digressive conversational asides, and in such shamelessly padded temporizing as the following three paragraphs (with which kvoreck begins a chapter): ``When you play the tenor sax, sooner or later you ask yourself the question./What's it really for and why and so forth and so on./Life, that is.'' There's a scattering of appreciative talk about jazz, but we otherwise learn little about this wan character, other than that he simply desires to be left alone and not risk the complications besetting people who engage life more directly. ``I don't want to get involved,'' Danny Smiick explains. Neither will most readers. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Title: The Tenor Saxophonist's Story
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1997. Condition: Good. 1st Am. ed.. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92542621
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G088001461XI4N00
Book Description Ecco Pr. Condition: Good. . Good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # F12C-00072
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. First Edition. First Edition / First Printing as identified with "1" in the full number line. Dj included. Seller Inventory # mon0001483804
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG088001461X
Book Description Harpercollins 1997-01-01 00:00:00, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Used. dj in mylar (unclipped); Translated from Czech by Caleb Crain, Peter Kussi and Kaca Polackova Henley; 161 pages PublishPlace: NY ISBN: 088001461X Size: 8 vo Shipped from Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A. Used books show some shelf wear. Rarely contain notes/highlighting. Used hardcover books may or may not include dust jacket. Please contact seller for specific condition queries. Seller Inventory # 29734
Book Description Hardcover; First Printing. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. . . Hardcover. Ecco Pr, 1997. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Fine Book in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Price Intact. Light shelf wear to Jacket. Overall, a clean and tight copy to add to a collection or read and enjoy. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Seller Inventory # 033935
Book Description The Ecco Press, Hopewell, NJ, 1997. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. First printing. A collection of ten stories translated by Caleb Crain, Kaca Polackova Henley, and Peter Kussi. A fine and tight copy in a fine dust jacket. A fresh copy. Seller Inventory # 134068
Book Description Ecco Pr, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First US Edition. ".reveals how all the important things in life are complicated - sometimes hilariously so - by the paranoia of Eastern bloc politics. Misguided romance, jazz, fear and betrayal are at the heart of the stories here, all narrated by a young, idealistic musician." Translated from Czech by Caleb Crain, Kaca Polackova Henley and Peter Kussi.Published @ $23.00. Seller Inventory # 016717
Book Description Ecco Pr, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M088001461X