Weird World: THE MIRACLE GAME by Josef Skvorecky

Weird World: THE MIRACLE GAME by Josef Skvorecky

THE MIRACLE GAME

by Josef Skvorecky

Translated by Paul Wilson

Knopf; 436 pages; $22.95

This is one of those big, demanding, convoluted novels that no one is supposed to have the time to read anymore. Furthermore, its author, Josef Skvorecky, who left Czechoslovakia for Canada after Soviet tanks put an end to the Prague Spring of 1968, displays a leisurely, literary sensibility, as if words on a page could still hold their own among sound bites and photo ops. Worst of all, the book's subject -- the lives of ordinary Czechoslovak citizens under the unpredictable pressures of Soviet occupation -- is...

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