This is the first major analytical study in English of the work of the leading Czech Avant-garde novelist and dramatist, Vladislav Vancura, often regarded as the greatest exponent of the Czech language in prose. In the study, Vancura's paradoxical attitude to contradictions, which he seeks simultaneously to overcome and to preserve, is used as a key to understanding his writing and its often ambivalent critical reception. His major works are considered in the context of art and medicine, Poetism and Proletarian art, Bergson and Marx, collectivism and non-conformism, judgement and forgiveness and the Renaissance and modern human being. The author seeks thus to place Vancura at the heart of Czech literature's preoccupations and aspirations in the inter-war period.
About the Author
Rajendra A. Chitnis is a senior lecturer in Czech, Slovak, and Russian literature at the University of Bristol, UK.
Table of Contents
Vladislav Vancura: A Brief Biographical Note
Introduction: Finding a Name for Vancura
Nemocná dívka and Tri reky: The Doctor-Writer
Amazonský proud and Dlouhý, Široký, Bystrozraký: The Proletarian Poetist
Amazonský proud and Hrdelní pre anebo Prísloví: The Bergsonian Marxist
Pekar Jan Marhoul and Poslední soud: The Collectivist Non-Conformist
Pole orná a válecná and Rozmarné léto: The Judgemental Philanthropist
Markéta Lazarová, Alchymista and 'Obcan Don Quijote': The Renaissance Czech
Obrazy z dejin národa ceského: The Chronicler
Conclusion: The 'Radical Centre'