My Golden Trades
By (author) Ivan Klima
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My Golden Trades by Ivan Klima
Book DescriptionOne of the last artistic expressions of life under communism, this novel captures the atmosphere in Prague between 1983 and 1987, where a dance could be broken up by the secret police, a traffic offense could lead to surveillance, and where contraband books were the currency of the underworld.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781862071032
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 16-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ivan Klima
Performing Captivity, Performing Escape, Paperback (April 2014)
The concentration camp and Jewish ghetto at Terezin, or Theresienstadt, in what is now the Czech Republic, was a site of enormous suffering, fear, and death; but in the midst of this was a thriving and desperately vibrant cultural life. This book collects eleven theatrical texts written by Czech and Austrian Jews.
My Crazy Century, Paperback (April 2014)
Ivan Klima, 'a writer of enormous power and originality' (The New York Times Book Review), has penned an intimate autobiography that explores his life under Nazi and Communist regimes.
Matthew Monteith: Czech Eden, Hardback (January 2007)View all books by Ivan Klima
When he first visited the Czech Republic in the 1990s, Matthew Monteith was taken with the details of ordinary life in this country in transition. This book features his photographs.
US Kirkus Review » Once again, Klima (Judge on Trial, 1993, etc.) skillfully explores Prague life under the Communist regime in the trying years before the Velvet Revolution. This time around, Klima offers six stories in which a writer (the author's afterword suggests it is the same writer throughout) finds himself working as everything from a courier to an archaeologist to a surveyor. Sometimes the writer finds pleasure in his new employment: In "The Engine Driver's Story," he dreams of driving a locomotive, despite the fact that his "non-existent psychoanalyst" insists that the dream is not about trains but about missed opportunities. Sometimes he finds his new job distasteful: In "The Smuggler's Story," he consoles himself with the fact that "in the conditions prevailing here, it is rare for someone to be doing what he was trained to do, or what he is suited for" as he struggles to outwit the police with three bags of contraband books. But the beauty of this particular collection (after ali, these themes of conscience, oppression, and expression are par for the course with Klima) lies in the sense of liberty and hope it offers when the writer reaps the unexpected benefits of new experiences. A talentless painter-by-default draws his first true likeness when he must identify a young girl he saw just before she committed suicide; an archaeologist interested in human origins finds the courage to admit (at least to himself) to hearing the voices of the home spirits in a 2,500-year-old burial ground. Few writers have the talent or insight to infuse old themes with new life when, according to Klima's narrator, "we have declared progress to be our idol" so that "the furious hunt for novelty [has become] diseased and self-destructive." But in this piercing, rich collection, Klima does just that. A master delivers. (Kirkus Reviews)
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