Book List in Order:18 titles

  • Set against the backdrop of two class reunions — one in 1963, and the next in 1993, 30 years later — Ordinary Lives resurrects Skvorecky’s former narrator and alter ego, Danny Smiricky. As the reunions force Danny to reconcile himself to his past...


  • This autobiography in stories, When Eve Was Naked, takes us through a most remarkable life, from the innocence of prewar Prague through the horrors of the Nazi occupation and World War II. In the title story, narrated by Skvorecky's alter-ego Danny S...


  • In Josef Škvorecký's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist Czech Republic where old feuds, treacherous betrayals, and friendships persevere; and the comfortable,...


  • The celebrated author of THE BASS SAXOPHONE, THE REPUBLIC OF WHORES, and THE BRIDE OF TEXAS, Josef Skvorecky has won international acclaim for the acerbic, funny, and haunting novels of his native Czechoslovakia--the wry world of political repression...



  • From the widely acclaimed author of Dvorak in Love and The Engineer of Human Souls comes an unusual Civil War novel based on the documented memories of Czech soldiers who fought for the Union in the 26th Wisconsin battalion under General William Tecu...



  • This energetic and hilarious novel is made even more important by the current final thawing of the long, Communist winter in Czechoslovakia. The witness in 1948 to a baffling event labled by Catholic townspeople as a miracle and by the Communist Part...







  • In this collection of stories, Lieutenant Boruvka, a Prague cop, confronts Soviet troops and opposition from every corner as he continues to track down murder suspects in most influential positions and jeopardizes his career in doing so...


  • “Ten more mystery stories by the gifted Czech novelist. . . . Offbeat. . . . tongue-in-cheek entertainment for aficionados of classic puzzlers in the Ellery Queen tradition―especially those who’ll also appreciate Skvorecky’s darkish, edgy tex...


  • “Not only are the stories well written, they are constantly witty and engaging. . . . Boruvka has the logic of Aristotle and the tenacity of a bulldog.” ―Washington Post A pensive, conscience-stricken man driven to melancholy by the fiendish tr...


  • An exuberant tour de force. ―James Marcus, The Nation Here is a wonderfully imagined picture of a little known period in American musical history. In 1892, at the height of his prodigious powers, Antonin Dvorak was persuaded to leave his native Boh...


  • Two novellas ("The Bass Saxophone" and "Emoke") by a banned Czech writer who won the 1980 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Canadian Governor General's 1985 Award for Fiction. The stories evoke the everyday nature of tyranny and the...