Vladislav Vancura

The Heart of the Czech Avant-garde

Rajendra A. Chitnis

Vladislav Vancura

Rajendra A. Chitnis

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

226 pages | 6 x 8
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024614564 Published June 2007 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

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.



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’



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