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Sensationalist Czech Crime Reportage

S hasákem napříč Evropou: románová reportáž [Crisscrossing Europe with a pipe wrench: a literary reportage]. SOS Series, vol. 1.; Knihovna SOS, sv. 1.

Prague: Zápotočný a spol., [1937]. Octavo (19 × 13.3 cm). Original pictorial dust-wrappers over blind orange wraps; 141, [2] pp. Publisher's catalog to rear wrapper. The dust wrappers slightly worn and torn to spine extremities; else about very good.

First title (second printing) in this series titled "Knihovna SOS" ("SOS Library"), which focuses on the criminal underworld of Europe with its "safebreakers and international robbers." The second volume depicted the life of a young street prostitute and the third focused on homosexuals and pedophilia. All three sensationalist "reportages" were written by Jaroslav František Němeček (1901-1965), a writer who used the pseudonym Jarda Kavalír. His co-author, František Kocourek (1901-1942) was a journalist and radio broadcaster known for his stance against the Nazi Regime; after the German invasion he was sent to Auschwitz, where he died in 1942. Striking photo-illustrated wrapper (not attributed). According to some sources, Němeček's books were themselves considered a corrupting influence by the late 1930s and forbidden around 1940. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library (which lists it as having been at one point removed).

Book ID: P5431

Price: $150.00