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  • Title: The Bass Saxophone
  • Author: Josef Škvorecký
  • ISBN: 9780880013703
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Bass Saxophone By Josef Škvorecký The two haunting, poetic novellas that comprise The Bass Saxophone brilliantly evoke the comedy and sadness of life under the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships They are prefaced by a remarkable memoir of Skvorecky s jazz obsessed youth Jazz is a symbol of freedom in both these novellas.In Emoke, which is set in the shadow of the Communist regime, jazz becomes the means by whThe two haunting, poetic novellas that comprise The Bass Saxophone brilliantly evoke the comedy and sadness of life under the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships They are prefaced by a remarkable memoir of Skvorecky s jazz obsessed youth Jazz is a symbol of freedom in both these novellas.In Emoke, which is set in the shadow of the Communist regime, jazz becomes the means by which a jaded young man plots the seduction of a mysterious girl enmeshed in superstition and the occult Spurned, but fascinated, he is drawn into her tortured existence until catapulted into the final bitter comedy.In The Bass Saxophone a young Czechoslovakian student living under the rule of the Nazis is lured by his love of jazz the forbidden music into secretly and dangerously playing in a German band, with bizarre and unexpected results.Written with the lyrical intensity of a great jazz performance, these two extraordinary novellas are among Skvorecky s finest works.
    Josef Škvorecký
    Josef kvoreck , CM was a Czech writer and publisher who spent much of his life in Canada kvoreck was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1980 He and his wife were long time supporters of Czech dissident writers before the fall of communism in that country By turns humorous, wise, eloquent and humanistic, kvoreck s fiction deals with several themes the horrors of totalitarianism and repression, the expatriate experience, and the miracle of jazz.

    The Bass Saxophone By Josef Škvorecký

    Commentaires:

    Davis
    Skvorecky experienced the Nazi occupation of czechoslovakia and the Prague Spring This short novel reads like a Fellini film.The characters are unforgetable Skvorecky, an old teacher,now,living in Canada if still alive also wrote several fine coming of age novels and a couple of good mysteries All of his work is infused with a love of jazz How can I not like the guy

    Kurt Gottschalk
    I read, Emoke, a lovely tale of suppressed romance, while traveling in Prague Even decades after its wartime setting, it resonated with the land I was visiting It s a wonderful novella that transcends any prejudices against stories about love or war.It took me a couple months after returning to New York to get to the title story of the book, but when I did I finished it in a single day to a soundtrack of Anthony Braxton, John Butcher and Urs Leimgruber This is a fantastic piece of writing It too [...]

    Marguerite
    Found this gem at the CNU library It speaks eloquently of music as a force for hope and change in a totalitarian society and specifically of jazz as a redemptive force I wonder if the music is better now that the society is open.

    Tyler Jones
    To put the experience of music how it moves one internally, how it puts one apart and above the world while connecting one strongly with the world the particular kind of ecstasy music can trigger putting that into words is no easy thing But Skvorecky, in one beautiful passage in this book, has come closer than anyone else I have ever read to accomplishing this feat Add to that the tension of a young man yearning for freedom and girls in a Nazi occupied Czech town and you have the makings of a r [...]

    Wendy
    I love Josef Skvorecky Creates the deepest longest and loveliest sentences that ramble with much meaning.

    Stosch
    eh

    Dennis
    There are some books that just FEEL Czech and after living there for so many years, I could feel this book, based on the people I knew Really delightful.

    Jitka Prokop
    Psychologically I like My fair Lady story, but the Legend of Em ke is so sometimes it feels brutally sad but true, real as kvorecky prose usually is Especially this story, a type of woman man momentary but deep episode, unfulfilled relationship, with differences in personal backgrounds, sharing certain essence in precious moments Their subtle and cultivated interactions are in contrast to a figure of uncivil, envious teacher who does not have such capacities and intelligence as the main characte [...]

    Donald Schopflocher
    Two novellas soaked with irony, surreal imagery, immediacy Evokes the contradictory totalitarian horrors and musical escapes of Czech youth under the yoke first of Naziism, then of Communism.

    Czarny Pies
    Joseph Skvorecky was a writer who experimented with many genres With the occasional misfire, he was successful most of the time The two novellas in this collection constitute a foray into the occult and fantastic While Emoke is an honourable effort, the Bass Saxophone is a resounding success.Although, Skvorecky was an avowed fan of Edgar Allen Poe, I found the mood similar to that which I experienced when as a little boy, I first heard a recording of Alan Mills and Jean Carignan performing Ti Je [...]

    Howard
    two novellas from Czech Josef kvoreck Emoke from 63 set during Communist rule and The Bass Saxophone from 67 set during Nazi occupation published by Ecco in 94 never read introductions before the main book but this time I should have as it s by kvoreck himself, entitled Red Music , and it contextualises the next two works oppressive regimes v artistic freedom, writing, jazz Emoke is the stronger work an insight into life at the time, set in a kind of state holiday camp i had trouble distinguishi [...]

    Patrick
    These two novellas illuminate two brief encounters with sympathy and humor In the first, Em ke, the narrator describes a week long visit to a sort of communist vacation camp, where he meets the titular character, a young woman with a sad background and a fervent belief in a better spiritual world, whom he briefly becomes close to before they are separated by the hard truths of circumstance and desire In the second, the narrator is roped into playing with a concert ensemble of freaks for an all G [...]

    John Rey
    This book consists of two novellas.The first one is Emoke It has a potent message that I feel still very relevant one s exploration in faith, reason and love.The second novella is the The Bass Saxophone I think it is written in a stream of consciousness of the character It feels like a cruise on someone s imagination connecting what one remembers of his past and relating it to his present situation where he encounters a band of musicians performing to a German audience in a Czech town during the [...]

    Dilyana Georgieva
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    Katie
    While I didn t really enjoy reading this, I took a step back from my personal experience midway, and finally understood something about writing and reading and personality.

    Drahcir10001
    Striking.

    Finder
    Jazz against the machine.

    Martha Toll
    Must read.

    Tom
    This book has two short stories, I liked Emoke better The second story, The Bass Saxophone was a little bit dreamy and surreal which made it hard for me to stay focused on it.

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