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A sprawling account of plucky life under various dictatorships, and then in exile. Like the author, protagonist Danny Smiricky is a writer in exile, living and teaching in Canada after experiencing life under both the Nazis and the Communists. Also like him, Danny is bawdy, fun-loving, adores American jazz, and has a variety of comic and bitter adventures across many time zones and lands. Skvorecky's novels have a lot in common with those of his countryman Milan Kundera; progressing from fairly short, erotic, and light-hearted early tales to more ambitious works. This one takes its name from the words Stalin used to describe writers, and is his biggest, most autobiographical, and perhaps best.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Life of a profession:    -   teacher Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Eastern European Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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