A Czech crime trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier this year I found one of this trio of books written by the Late Czech writer Josef Skvorecky. Around the Sixties, he wrote about Lieutenant Boruvka of the Prague Homicide Bureau. The books reflected the Czech regime of the time and things like LSD arriving there. Last year one of the book was recorded for radio here. It was said in his obituary the four books of Borkuva could be read as an epic work, I have the three books as they are said to convey the everyday life of Prague at the time very well.I hope to read them soon have anyone else read them?

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JacquiWine
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 07:17:25

    I’ve read The Mournful Demeanour which I liked a lot. The stories are shot through with a wonderful sense of melancholy, a quality that reflects Inspector Boruvka’s personality to a T.

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  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 14:57:23

    I’ve read The Mournful Demeanour too, and I thought it was great. The cold war setting was a good change from the usual, too.

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  3. 1streading
    Sep 12, 2017 @ 19:32:14

    I had read these when younger but hadn’t kept copies. I read the first one again in 2015 with great plans to re-read them all. Review here:

    https://1streading.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/lost-books-the-mournful-demeanour-of-lieutenant-boruvka/

    They’d be perfect for Pushkin’s Vertigo series.

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