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You can see progress in everything. As Milan Kundera observed, in Homer and Tolstoy war had a comprehensible meaning and people fighting the war knew what they were fighting for.
Memorable scenes and quotable lines, as the one cited above, pop out on every single one of its pages. The first chapter starts off with a bang - the shooting of the Archduke Ferdinand, nephew of the Austrian Emperor, and his wife at Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. No one anywhere has ever worried about a man being innocent.
Grin and bear it. Punctiliousness like that is a good thing" 3. He keeps the dogs in a room without feeding them. Some time thereafter, upon entering the room, the dogs tear him to pieces. Meanwhile individuals in power like the police and military officers are characterized as selfish, vulgar, uncouth, loutish, even brutal, sadistic and inhumane.
Readers are left to decide for themselves. So here we are at the outbreak of the First World War and the countries of Europe are poised to swing into action. Join the army, muster up your courage and go to the front. What adventure! Be a hero off the pages of Walter Scott or Alexandre Dumas. But as thousands of young men quickly discovered - this is the twentieth century, complete with machine guns, poison gas, flamethrowers, mortars, tanks and aircraft.
The chances of returning from the front in one piece physically and mentally are slim to none. Yet inept governments and bumbling military leaders pressed on. What was needed in such a world gone mad was an author capable of stinging satire, creating a hero more anti-hero than hero.
Las aventuras del buen soldado Svejk
LAS AVENTURAS DEL BUEN SOLDADO SVEJK