No Saints or Angels (Paperback)

Author: Klima, Ivan

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Ivan Klima has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "a literary gem who is too little appreciated in the West" and a "Czech master at the top of his game." Now Klima takes us into the heart of contemporary Prague, where the Communist People's Militia of the Stalinist era marches headlong into the drug culture of the present.

Kristyna is in her forties, the divorced mother of a rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter, Jana. She is beginning to love a man fifteen years her junior, but her joy is clouded by worry -- Jana has been cutting school, and perhaps using heroin. Meanwhile Kristyna's mother has forced on her a huge box of personal papers left by her dead father, a tyrant whose Stalinist ideals she despised.

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Publisher Grove Press
Mfg Part# 9780802139238
SKU 30990592
Format Paperback
ISBN10 080213923X
Release Date 4/16/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Ivan Klima
Ivan Klima, a Prague native, attended Charles University and was editor of Literarni Noviny, the journal of the Czech Writer's Union. A concentration camp survivor (he was at Theresienstadt from ages 10 to 14), Klima lived briefly in the United States, where he was visiting professor at the University of Michigan in the late sixties, then returned to Prague with his wife, psychologist Helena Mala. Until the end of Soviet rule in 1990, Klima's work was banned in Czechoslovakia. His fiction is often about characters who come into conflict with the events of their time in history.
Praise
"Written in a style which...rejects pomp and excess, perhaps as a corrective to the mendacious and extreme rhetoric of the State, this big, clever, generous book is Ivan Klima's best yet."
"Klima writes in an idiom at once lean and enervated, exactly appropriate to the sapped energy of his characters, but not always reader-friendly. We understand why passion fails, commitment stays just out of sight, potential happiness is always held at arm's length. But the historical perspective is sometimes more moving than the personal story, and some aphorisms strike with more force than scenes of sex and lies....And yet, the humanity of these wounded people shines through as a value in itself....You can't move far these days without hearing someone announce the death of irony, by which is usually meant cynicism or flippancy. Ivan Klima's irony is something else, a world view that acknowledges paradox and anomaly. This irony is cautionary."
From the Publisher
Annotation A middle-aged dentist is the focus of this novel about an intricately troubled family in Prague. Kristyna is divorced from a man who has since become terminally ill, her aging mother is completely dependent on her, and her adolescent daughter is doing drugs. Then she begins getting resentful and menacing letters from someone whose existence she was unaware of. Kristyna seeks comfort in a much younger man, Jan, from whose point of view part of the story is told. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Editors Note Ivan Klima has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "a literary gem who is too little appreciated in the West" and a "Czech master at the top of his game." In No Saints or Angels, a Washington Post Best Book of 2001, Klima takes us into the heart of contemporary Prague, where the Communist People's Militia of the Stalinist era marches headlong into the drug culture of the present. Kristyna is in her forties, the divorced mother of a rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter, Jana. She is beginning to love a man fifteen years her junior, but her joy is clouded by worry -- Jana has been cutting school, and perhaps using heroin. Meanwhile Kristyna's mother has forced on her a huge box of personal papers left by her dead father, a tyrant whose Stalinist ideals she despised. No Saints or Angels is a powerful book in which "Mr. Klima's keen sense of history, his deep compassion for the ordinary people caught up in its toils, and his abiding awareness of the fragility and resilience of human life shine through.... Like Anton Chekhov, Mr. Klima is a writer able to show us what's extraordinary about ordinary life." (The Washington Times). "Ultimately, it's Prague, with its centuries of glory and misery, that gives No Saints or Angels its humane power." -- Melvin Jules Bukiet, The Washington Post Book World" A compassionate realist, [Klima] unflinchingly presents the problems facing modern Prague and civilization in general ... [and] fills it with mercy." -- Jennie Yabroff, San Francisco Chronicle "Stirring and valuable." -- Jules Verdone, The Hartford Courant
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Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Grove Press
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