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The book Saturnin, Zdenek Jirotka is published by Karolinum Press, Charles University. Mark Corner A wonderfully lyrical passage from one of the classics of 20th century Czech writing, Zdenek Jirotka’s humorous novel, Saturnin. Zdeněk Jirotka Saturnin. likes. Book. Zdeněk Jirotka Saturnin. Book. people like this topic. Want to like this Page? Sign up for Facebook to get started.

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Zdenek Jirotka: the Czech P.G.Wodehouse – now available in a first English translation

Rereading this over Thanksgiving, I kept laughing out loud–I had remembered that it was funny, but not that it was hilarious. Oct 10, Vaclav Kocian rated it jiotka was amazing. I am undecided about whether I like the innumerable digressions – into the decline of craftsmanship or the holy war on novelists etc.

Lock leaves and comes back again Mr. I wonder, is there any way in which you could have a political reading of it, because it was during the German occupation.

jirotak He died earlier this year aged 92, and he had a long involvement in comedy and in broadcasting, I believe. But, jriotka not Jeeves. Even more sharp-witted would be the remark that wherever they’ve gone, we’ll all be following sooner or later. I would agree that it’s a beautiful book that’s very nicely illustrated. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Jul 18, laurdes rated it really liked it Shelves: Czech photographer in Cambodia: Domluvili si sraz v divadle. Odvezla jeho i se Saturninem do nemocnice.

It tells the humorous and picaresque story of an idle young gentleman and his manservant, the Saturnin of the title, and not surprisingly parallels have often been drawn with P. Now its number 2. He did write about half a dozen novels but this is really the only one that has become well-known. Dec 21, Pavel rated it really liked it.


This doesn’t seem particularly notable at first, but when Barbara skillfully handles outdoor cooking despite the gibes of the narrator’s odious aunt, and is admired by all the wiser characters, the author is giving an example of the kind of competent, up-to-date, attractive young woman that was widely promoted as an ideal during the First Republic.

In one case there was a doctor. After finishing the school he entered the Czechoslovak Army, where he served till as an infantry officer. Broadcast in English Broadcast Archive.

Jirotka: Saturnin by Ji?í Samek on Spotify

As far as the English translation is concerned I think that bearing in mind the fact that Saturnin is for example full of puns based on Czech language there can propabably never be a translation which would capture the perfection of this piece in its entirety. Mark Corner A wonderfully lyrical passage from one of the classics of 20th century Czech writing, Zdenek Jirotka’s humorous novel, Saturnin.

For example, we see Barbara as a young, attractive, athletic, and competent woman. To ask other sathrnin questions about Saturninplease sign up. And the only person who can make him a little bit less dull is this character Saturnin, who by various roguish stratagems, transforms the life of everybody around him. Before reading The Shadow of the Wind, this was my favourite book. Aug 24, Ema rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published May 1st by Karolinum first published Could you say something about how you managed jieotka On a busy street corner on Na Porici Street in Prague, where cars drive by and trams roll along, stands an imposing time-worn building,….

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In this case we never learn the narrator’s name, but he makes clear that he is a calm, sensible, unadventurous person–a nice but perhaps boring fellow. Sagurnin it political at all, or is it absolutely escapist? I’d be interested to know about the translation and some of the difficulties aaturnin challenges. Maybe the footnotes would have been better, but too much of a text book, I think. Whenever I get to a house, I find someone else living there. A whole legion of unfortunate people had had to forsake their warm beds, just satyrnin I had, in order to listen to complaints about a house that was too irresponsible to remain in its proper place.


I simply couldn’t understand how anyone could be so brazen ssturnin this little man. Jun 23, Lauren rated it really liked it. Knihu jsem poslouchal v audioverzi. Sep 28, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: It might be a rather negative form of resistance, but something with its own validity, I think. Recommended to lighten things up if current events have left you in the depths; you have to have to bit of respite to keep going.

Listen to Jirotka: Saturnin now.

Return to Book Page. However, what this book lacked was a sense of suspense: There are a surprising number of belly-laughs for a novel that is more than half a century old. Between and he worked in the Czechoslovak broadcast, from where he came jitotka to Dikobraz, where he worked till the end of ies.

When I was given this book the giver likened it to Jeeves and Wooster, and I think that’s a fairly accurate comparison. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.