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Saturnin By Zdenek Jirotka

Saturnin by Zdenek Jirotka

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Summary

A novel featuring Saturnin, a 'gentleman's gentleman' who obviously owes a debt to Wodehouse's beloved Jeeves, who wages a constant battle to protect his master from romantic disaster and intrusive relatives, such as Aunt Catherine, the 'Prancing Dictionary of Slavic Proverbs'.

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Saturnin by Zdenek Jirotka

On its initial publication in Czech in 1942, "Saturnin" was a best-seller, its gentle satire offering an unexpected - if temporary - reprieve from the grim reality of the German occupation. In the years since, the novel has been hailed as a classic of Czech literature, and this translation makes it available to English-language readers for the first time-which is entirely appropriate, for author Zdenek Jirotka clearly modeled his light comedy on the English masters Jerome K. Jerome and P. G. Wodehouse. The novel's main character, Saturnin, a 'gentleman's gentleman' who obviously owes a debt to Wodehouse's beloved Jeeves, wages a constant battle to protect his master from romantic disaster and intrusive relatives, such as Aunt Catherine, the 'Prancing Dictionary of Slavic Proverbs'. Enlivened with new, full-color illustrations by Czech graphic artist Adolph Born, "Saturnin" will warm the heart of any fan of literary comedy.

Saturnin Reviews

"At a time when Czechoslovakia was deep in the grip of the Nazi occupation, one form of resistance was to put the world created by invasion out of your mind and create another. Was it, perhaps, a Wodehousian influence-a reluctance to acknowledge the evil of the outside world?"-Elin Murphy, Wooster Sauce, the Journal of the P. G. Wodehouse Society "A delicious dry humour and an imaginative flair that makes it much more than just the 'Czech Jeeves.' Owing more to Jerome K. Jerome than to P. G. Wodehouse, the writing is rich in homespun wisdom and casual asides that take on a life of their own, leading the reader up charming byways of irrelevance.... A surprising number of belly-laughs for a novel that is more than half a century old." -Adam Preston, Times Literary Supplement"

About Zdenek Jirotka

Zdenek Jirotka (1911-2003) is the author of radio plays, novels, and short stories. Mark Adrian Corner is a part-time lecturer at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel. He is the author or translator of several books.

Additional information

GOR002273852
9788024606835
8024606836
Saturnin by Zdenek Jirotka
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
2006-05-01
263
N/A
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