Monday August 24th, 2009


The opening sentence of The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek:

“And so they’ve killed our Ferdinand,” said the charwoman to Mr Svejk, who had left military service years before, after having been finally certified by an army medical board as an imbecile, and now lived by selling dogs — ugly, mongrel monstrosities whose pedigrees he forged.