Putim - The good soldier Schweik, the leading figure of Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek´s (1883-1923) satirical anti-war novel about World War One, has a statue in Putim as from the today, the first in the Czech Republic.
Dobrý voják Josef Švejk se po 130 letech vrátil do jihočeské Putimi. Turisté jeho bronzovou sochu nově najdou za kamenným mostem. Dílo akademického sochaře Františka Svátka bylo odhaleno 23. srpna při příležitosti stého výročí zahájení první světové války. Na snímku je Přemysl Kubišta v roli Švejka. ČTK Binter Tomáš
The world-known hero of The Good Soldier Schweik novel, which has been translated into 58 languages and after which several films have been made, has 13 statues in the world, including in Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine, according to Hasek´s grandson Richard.
Putim is the venue of one important episode in the novel about Schweik.
The town wanted to erect Schweik´s statute in 2008, but the plans were marred by floods.
The bronze statute, unveiled today, was made by academic sculptor Frantisek Svatek. It is 180cm tall and it weighs about 200kg.
It cost 410,000 crowns. The money was partially raised by the Friends of Putim Association and the region made a big contribution too.