Talk:Jaroslav Hašek

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. His short life had many odd parallels with another Prague contemporary, the Jewish writer Franz Kafka (1883–1924).[edit]

I have removed the above sentence because a) it is OR b) Kafka and Hašek were born in the same year and died of tuberculosis in adjacent years; I do not think this amounts to "many odd parallels",especially since tuberculosis was very frequent cause of death in their time. In other ways, their lives were very dissimilar. --Georgius (talk) 12:21, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Use of bohemian to describe Hasek[edit]

The use of the word bohemian to describe Jaroslav Hasek is an unfortunate and, in this context, confusing choice. Although admittedly a natural choice to the native English speaker who has limited experience of actual Bohemian culture, the word bohemian as used here is often perjorative and therefore, frankly, offensive to to many people of actual Bohemian ancestry, as well as people of French Romani ancestry (wikipedia's own article on Bohemianism explains why the latter are slurred by its use). In addition, Hasek was, in fact, a literal Bohemian (a "big-B Bohemian," as we like to say in our community); calling him a bohemian in this instance does not add to clarity.

I strongly urge that this unhappy word be replaced by "non-conformist," and will do so if none object. Failing this, a more humorous usage, such as, "He was both a bohemian and a Bohemian" would perhaps take the sting out of the choice of this particular word. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.183.137.131 (talk) 14:52, 1 March 2011 (UTC)


The word "bohemian" ("bohémský") is also used in the Czech Wikipedia Hašek article. The connection with the Latin name of Czechia (Bohemia) is not felt strongly by native Czech speakers. "Bohemian" is much more specific than "non-conformist" and it is not necessarily pejorative. Hašek was a prototypical Czech bohemian just as Rimbaud was a French one. No other word has exactly the same meaning.--Georgius (talk) 16:08, 10 March 2012 (UTC)