The Engineer of Human Souls

Eastern European Literature Series
Josef Skvorecky
Translated by Paul Wilson

The Engineer of Human Souls is a labyrinthine comic novel that investigates the journey and plight of novelist Danny Smiricky, a Czech immigrant to Canada. As the novel begins, he is a professor of American literature at a college in Toronto. Out of touch with his young students, and hounded by the Czech secret police, Danny is let loose to roam between past and present, adopting whatever identity that he chooses or has been imposed upon him by History.

As adventuresome, episodic, bawdy, comic, and literary as any novel written in the past twenty-five years, The Engineer of Human Souls is worthy of the subtitle Skvorecky gave it: “An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life, Women, Fate, Dreams, The Working Class, Secret Agents, Love and Death.”

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Translated by Paul Wilson
Publication: Eastern European Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 592
ISBN-13: 9781564781994
GTIN13: 9781564781994
Publication date: 2/1/1999
Language: eng
List price: $16.95