Summary of Yirasek A

Summary of Yirasek A

Alois Jirasek, also referred to as Irasek (Czech Alois Jirasek, 1851-1930) is a Czech writer and public figure. He was born in Gronow. He worked as a school teacher. The author of a voluminous cycle of historical novels depicting the movement of the Hussites, the period of Austrian domination (“darkness”) and national revival; created a dramatic trilogy, “Jan Hus”, “Jan Zizka” and “Ian Rogach.” He is also the author of the brightly written and translated into many languages ​​”Ancient Czech legends” – the processing (and in some cases his own fiction on motives) of Czech legends for children and youth. In his style, Yirasek focuses on Walter Scott, his position is patriotic, the conflicts are fairly straightforward, which made his novels and plays very popular during the formation of independent Czechoslovakia. It was Jirasek who read the proclamation of independence of Czechoslovakia on Wenceslas Square in 1918. Since 1920, Yirasek was a member of the Senate from the extreme right of the National Democratic Party. He died in Prague, but was buried in his native Gronow.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Yirasek was criticized by the leftists (for example, Julius Fucik) for participating in the creation of the official “bourgeois” mythology of the Czechoslovak Republic. However, after the communists came to power in 1948, the work of Jirasek under the personal instruction of K. Gottwald was actively promoted as an example of patriotism (compare the struggle against cosmopolitanism in the USSR), and Czech communist writers imitated him.


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Summary of Yirasek A