The Cowards (Penguin Modern Classics)

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"The Cowards (1958)" is Josef Skvorecky's blackly comic tale of post-war politics that was immediately banned on publication. In 1945, in Kostelec, Danny is playing saxophone for the best jazz band in Czechoslovakia. Their trumpeter has just got out of a concentration camp, their bass player is only allowed in the band since he owns the bass, and the love of Danny's life is in love with somebody else. But Danny despairs most about the bourgeoisie patriots in his town playing at revolution in the face of the approaching Red Army - not least because it ruins the band's chance of any good gigs.

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Girls, jazz, politics, the golden dreams and black comedy of youth--these are the compelling ingredients of The Cowards.

May 1945, a small town in Czechoslovakia.  The Germans are withdrawing.  The Red Army is advancing.  And Danny Smiricky is being forced to grow up fast.  Observing with contempt the antics of the town's citizens playing it safe, he adopts the role first of reluctant conscript, then of dashing partisan.

The Cowards is the story of an uncomplicated, talented youth caught up in momentous historic events who refuses to be bored to death by politics--or to lie down and die without a fight.

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"A important piece of history is marvellously recorded here...anyone who wants to know how it felt to be young, idealistic and innocent at the end of the war should read The Cowards". --The Times Literary Supplement

"A very funny and very sad story." --Graham Greene

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