(From the publisher):
Girls, jazz, politics, the golden dreams and black comedy of youth--these are the compelling ingredients of The Cowards
May 1945, a small town in Czechoslovakia. The Germans are withdrawing. The Red Army is advancing. And Danny Smiricky is being forced to grow up fast. Observing with contempt the antics of the town's citizens playing it safe, he adopts the role first of reluctant conscript, then of dashing partisan.
The Cowards is the story of an uncomplicated, talented youth caught up in momentous historic events who refuses to be bored to death by politics--or to lie down and die without a fight.
Original title: Zbabělci
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics