Talking about Prague, I have mentioned neither Soldier Svejk, nor Yaroslav Hasek! So I’m gonna correct my mistake 🙂 Actually, I did not know people who are not familiar with «The Good Soldier Svejk.» I do not remember whether this story is studied at school or not, but I think that every boy should read this book in order to not to be surprised in the army.
Hasek made fun of war and military orders with inexpressible way. Actually, he was such man. Cheerful and very open.
Hasek loved to play a trick on everyone. He once organized a political party and went to the polls under the slogan » Every elector will get a free pocket aquarium”. Here is another story. After the birth of his son, Hasek took him to pubs to show the friends. Guess what? In the fifth pub Jaroslav remembered that he had forgotten his son with his mother in the first pub.
«The Good Soldier Svejk» is one of the most anti-war novels. Brecht’s «Mother Courage» does not fit. It is not a surprise because Hasek fought a lot. He was a soldier during the First World War. At first he took part in Austro-Hungarian and after the captivity he joined the Russian army in the Czech Legion. After the Revolution he joined the Red Army. He fought in the Civil War. He was the agitator and the Commissioner. He was a commandant of the city and a counter-intelligence agent. They say he even served in Chapaev Division. But among the all troubles of the war Hasek remained a man with a pure heart and a good sense of humor. No one was for the return of Hasek in Prague. Compatriots continued to perceive Jaroslav as a dangerous trouble-maker.
I do not know why, but for a long time, the monuments to Hasek stood anywhere except his native Prague. Finally in 2005 of October the people of Prague have decided to put a monument to their countryman.
It would be good if they just put the monument and that is all. But it is not! When I first saw this creation of architects Karel and Carolina Neprash, two epic canvases in the style of socialist realism appeared in my mind.
The first one: «The noble people of Prague are arguing about the monument to Hasek — equestrian statue or a bust. They cannot agree.” The second one: “The Neprash are raking out all metal stuff from the store-room to create the sculpture”. Judging by the result, both paintings might have occurred. Although, I understand the people of Prague. Hasek fooled the fellows all his life, so grandchildren decided to answer on the humor of Hasek by making such monument. A collective joke, so to say.