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AuthorViktor Dyk
PublisherKarolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
Publication Date15 Jul 2018
Book DescriptionFor The Pied Piper, Czech writer Viktor Dyk found his muse in the much retold medieval Saxon legend of the villainous, pipe-playing rat-catcher. Dyk uses the tale as a loose frame for his story of a mysterious wanderer, outcast, and would-be revolutionary--a dreamer typical of fin de siecle Czech literature who serves Dyk as a timely expression of the conflict between the petty concerns of bourgeois nineteenth-century society and the coming artistic generation. Impeccably rendered into English by Mark Corner, The Pied Piper retains the beautiful style of Dyk's original Czech. The inspiration for several theater and film adaptations, including a noted animated work from critically acclaimed director Jiri Barta, Dyk's classical novella is given new life by Corner's translation, proving that the piper is open to new interpretations still.
Editorial ReviewThe generation of the 1890s succeeding Vrchlick and Zeyer was already consciously aesthetic and international. It developed itself under the influence of the Russians, of Ibsen and Hauptmann, of Western realism, Western decadence and symbolism. The folkloristic and provincial tones in drama disappeared and the Czech drama became a part of the European spiritual life. This period is represented by . . . Victor Dyk. . . . Dyk's ironical illusionism and patriotic pathos found their best expression in . . . plays.--New York Times, on Dyk's plays "This is no children's fairy tale. Dyk's version of the story is complex and ambiguous, and the Pied Piper himself emerges as a troubled character, part dreamer, part revolutionary. He also seems unnervingly relevant to our own time. . . . An excellent translation."--David Vaughan "Radio Praha "
About the AuthorViktor Dyk (1877-1931) was a Czech writer of poetry, prose, and plays, as well as a nationalist politician. Mark Corner is a translator, author, and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
Number of Pages125

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