Josef Škvorecký

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  • Craig Cravens (University of Texas at Austin)

Josef Škvorecký is one of the most popular Czech authors both at home and abroad, and he is one of the few—along with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Šapek, and Bohubil Hrabal—who compose novels and stories that appear as mere entertainment, but in fact walk the fine line between high- and low-brow literature. This is one of his most enduring legacies—the creation of works of art that appeal to both university professors and the common reader. In addition to his own creative works, Škvorecký has written television and film scripts, two books on Czech cinema, critical and cultural essays, as well as several translations of American literature.

Škvorecký was born in 1924 in the small northern Bohemian town of Náchod, and …

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Cravens, Craig. "Josef Škvorecký". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2009
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