Hasek died before he completed this book, a deep loss to all literature lovers, whether they are aware of it or not. Hasek was known for his excellent memory, which is reflected in SVEJK; for this book is perhaps as close to reality as any historical text can get. It has the haunting sense of reality which made Don Quixote what it is; and yet this book contains many of the most hillarious moments I've ever read. The authentic description of the people of the time, the world war from the simple soldier's viewpoint, and the eternal struggle between the desires of the nations and the wish for good life of the common people - all are represented in SVEJK, in a way no other book has ever been able to acheive. Svejk is a timeless non-hero, whom we cannot but simphatize. Hasek has succeeded in making the little, meaningless and even horrable moments of life of a soldier in the world war a poem of glory to the human spirit and to the simple man. Although Svejk was released from the service "for being an idiot", he is smarter than them all; We can tell who the real idiots are, represented in a way we all felt inside but never put to write. All that is acheived in a text that never once states someone's inner thoughts, like too many books of our time do, which emphesizes even more the great literary talent of Hasek. Although long, this book is read in one breath; And after you finished reading SVEJK, you cannot help but feel that perhaps life are, after all, worth living.