The Czech Party

The Party has changed the education system disastrously a hundred times; the health service is of no use to the healthy or the sick. For forty years culture has been like a drowning man: it surfaces for a second and fills its lungs so that it can endure fatal minutes …

Thus Spake Schweik

NOTE: This essay was written in Prague on the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jaroslav Hasek, author of The Good Soldier Schweik. One of Czechoslovakia’s most prominent writers, Vaculik is forbidden to publish in his own country. Today, just as it used to be, the Prague of Kafka is …