No Saints or Angels
By (author) Ivan Klima
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No Saints or Angels by Ivan Klima
Book DescriptionIvan Klima is widely recognized as one of the most important Czech writers of his generation. His new novel, No Saints or Angels, is set in Prague during the summer of 1998 and spans three generations, from the Second World War to the present day. Told with great poise and affection, it attempts to make sense of the new, queasy democracy that followed the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and beautifully captures the shifting realities of contemporary Prague.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781862075368
(198mm x 126mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2002
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.
UK Kirkus Review » As so often in the work of the great Czech writer and former dissident, a key theme here is love. But even more, this is a novel about people needing to learn how to be happy, as they struggle to cope with their lives in post-communist Prague. Kristyna, a divorced, 40-something dentist, was born symbolically on the day her father's hero, Joseph Stalin, died. It is now 1998 and she is prone to nightmares and constantly tired, the sort of tiredness that comes with feeling sad and lonely. She's got a lot on her plate: an elderly mother trying to cope with her husband's recent death; an ex-husband dying of cancer; and a daughter, Jana, who's suddenly turned into a teenage rebel, skipping school and hanging out with punks. On top of all that, she's unsettled by a series of threatening anonymous letters. Then she starts a relationship with a much younger man, Jan, a former pupil of her husband's. Both of them are coming to terms with the past. Kristyna is confronted with the secret life revealed in the diaries kept by her father, responsible for political indoctrination in the hated People's Militia, and can't reconcile herself to the death of many members of her mother's family in the gas chambers, while Jan secretly dreams of avenging his father's persecution by the communists through his work uncovering the crimes of the previous regime. Her self-confidence marginally boosted by Jan's attentions, Kristyna finds the strength to attempt to save Jana from imminent self-destruction. Kl'ma's humanity and his obvious affection and sympathy for his characters make this a thoroughly engrossing story that also gives an interesting picture of a city that is far from the glitzy Prague known to tourists: marred by pollution and traffic, yet with rows of villas and little gardens and ducks rising out of the undergrowth on the river bank. Review by VIVIENNE MENKES-IVRY (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Ivan Klima
Ivan Klima is the author of many plays and novels including The Ultimate Intimacy and Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light. A collection of stories, My Golden Trades, and a non-fiction book, The Spirit of Prague, are also available from Granta Books.
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