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Failed Saxophonist

Josef Škvorecký

‘My initiation into jazz later proved to have been the beginning of my decisive step into literature as well. I talked my father into buying me a tenor sax, and tried my luck with several local swing bands.’

Josef Škvorecký

Josef Skvorecky was born in 1924. He left Czechoslovakia after the Russian invasion of Prague in 1968 and emigrated to Canada where he still lives. His novels include The Miracle Game (Faber/W.W. Norton) and The Engineer of Human Souls (Faber/Dalkey Archive Press).

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