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Map of Austria-Hungary in 1914. The itinerary of Jaroslav Šerák took place entirely within the borders of the Dual Monarchy.

The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk is a novel which contains a wealth of geographical references - either directly through the plot, in dialogues or in the authors own observations. HAJ: was himself unusually well travelled and had a photographic memory of geographical (and other) details. It is evident that he put great emphasis on this: 8 of the 27 chapter headlines in Švejk contain place names.

This web page will in due course contain a full overview of all the geographical references in the novel; from Prague in the introduction to Klimontów in the unfinished Book Four. Countries, cities, towns, villages, mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, islands, buildings are included. Note that from 14 September 2013, institutions (including pubs) have been moved to the new 'Institutions' page. The list is sorted according to the order in which the names appear through the novel. The chapter headlines are from Zenny K. Sadlon's recent translation and will in most cases differ from Cecil Parrott's version from 1973.

  • The facts are mainly taken from Internet sources but cross-verified when possible
  • The quotes in Czech are copied from the online version of sv: provided by Jaroslav Šerák and contain links to the relevant chapter
  • The toolbar has links for direct access to Wikipedia, Google maps, Google search, svejkmuseum.cz and Švejk online

The names are coloured according to their role in the novel, illustrated by these examples: Sanok as a location where the plot takes place, Dubno mentioned in the narrative, Zagreb as part of a dialogue, and Pakoměřice as mentioned in an anecdote.

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>> I. In the rear
>> II. At the front
>> III. The famous thrashing
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2. Spiritual consolation

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Zlíchov is pulled into the story by Švejk when he tells Martinec he knows smoke like the distillery in Zlíchov.

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Zlíchov is a small district of Prague, situated on the western bank of the Vltava south of Smíchov. Švejk refers to the distillery (lihovar) shown on the picture.

Quote from the novel
[4.2] „To se divím,“ řekl Švejk. „Znal jsem mnoho feldkurátů a ti kouřili jako špirituska na Zlíchově. Feldkuráta si vůbec nemůžu představit, aby nekouřil a nepil.
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Nový Jičín is mentioned because field chaplain Jan Martinec tells Švejk that he is from this area.

Background

Nový Jičín is a town in north-eastern Moravia, 30 km south of Ostrava. The town has 27,000 inhabitants and the historical centre is an urban preservation area.

Quote from the novel
[4.2] Vodkuďpak sou, pane feldkurát?“ „Od Nového Jičína,“ skleslým hlasem ozval se c. k. dp. Martinec.

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Opatovická ulice is a street that Švejk has lived in he tells Martinec. This is connected to the anecdote about Faustýn.

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Opatovická ulice is a street in Nové Město, perpendicular to Křemencová ulice.

Quote from the novel
[4.2] Když jsem bydlel v Opatovickej ulici, tak jsem tam měl jednoho kamaráda, Faustýna, vrátnýho z hotelu.
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Křemencová ulice is a street that Švejk has lived in he tells Martinec. This is connected to the anecdote about Faustýn.

Background

Křemencová ulice is a street in Nové Město, Prague, perpendicular to Opatovická ulice. The famous pub U Fleků is situated in this street.

Quote from the novel
[4.2] Von byl totiž ten pan Faustýn úplně vožralej a zapomněl, že já bydlím v Opatovickej ulici docela v nízkém přízemí, a ne ve třetím patře jako před rokem, když jsem bydlel v Křemencovej ulici a von ke mně chodil na návštěvu.“
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2. Spiritual consolation


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