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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.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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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

Setting

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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