Love and Garbage

Love and Garbage

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by Ivan Klima
     
 

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From an internationally acclaimed Czech writer comes a shrewd, humane, and poignant novel, set in Prague before the Velvet Revolution, whose perceptions about love, conscience, and betrayal cut to the bone of life in both totalitarian and democratic societies. "A chilling story from the underground."—The New York Times.See more details below

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From an internationally acclaimed Czech writer comes a shrewd, humane, and poignant novel, set in Prague before the Velvet Revolution, whose perceptions about love, conscience, and betrayal cut to the bone of life in both totalitarian and democratic societies. "A chilling story from the underground."—The New York Times.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Klima wrote this sensuously romantic novel on the timeless theme of the clandestine love affair in response to the misogyny and cynicism he perceived in his countryman Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Donning an orange vest, the narrator--a banned Czech writer--sweeps the Prague streets with a group of the society's other outcasts--an old sailor given to drink, a sickly teenager, a foul-mouthed former beauty, a failed inventor, and an ex-pilot. As they go about their mindless job, the narrator learns of the dreams and sorrows of his coworkers and meditates on the life and work of Franz Kafka, the power of literature, and his relationship with his dying father. He agonizes over his passionate, tempestuous love affair with a talented sculptor, Daria, but in the end chooses his wife of many years for whom he feels great tenderness. A meditation on death, the nature of love and freedom, commitment and guilt, this poetic and gently sad autobiographical novel by a major Czech writer belongs in all libraries collecting modern European literature.--Marie Bednar, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737551
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage international ed
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
761,495
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.53(d)

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