No Saints or Angels Paperback – 17 Oct 2002
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'One of the leading Czech writers of the Kundera generation... Klima's prose is controlled and rueful. This is a novel of gently delivered wisdoms, played around a very human drama of tenderness and vulnerability' Independent on Sunday 'This hig, clever, generous book is Ivan Klima's best yet' Times Literary Supplement 'He has a quiet, clear style paying forensic attention to the causes of happiness and misery, making him peculiarly absorbing... A highly intelligent novel' Sunday Tribune 'A fascinating read' Independent 'Klima's thoughtful novel ends with delicate cogency, as a tribute to human resilience' Sunday Times
About the Author
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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Klima is superb at generating sympathy for the characters and has created 'people' who will live on in my memory. I want to know what happens next and how their lives work out - and this is pretty unusual for me. As always with Klima, the evocation of Prague is exquisite.
Klima has written some books that have disappointed before, such as 'Love and Garbage' and 'My Golden Trades', but this - in contrast - is truly excellent and I recommend it highly.
Krystina is a divorced, middle-aged dentist. Krystina was born in 1953 on the day that Stalin, her devoted Communist father's greatest hero, died. Her father was a strict disciplinarian, callous and cruel to his wife and daughter, and a faithful party apparatchik. Krystina's daughter, Jana, is a 16 year old schoolgirl. Jan is a 30 year old and former student of Krystina's ex-husband. Jan is a government employee tasked with investigation criminal acts of the old regime. Various chapters are narrated in the voice of each of these three protagonists.
As the story opens Krystina is alone, lonely, and has no real focus except her work and the care and feeding of her daughter Jana. Her ex-husband Karel is terminally ill with cancer. She is also more than a bit disconcerted by a series of threatening letters she has been receiving lately. Jana is sixteen and unbeknownst to her mother, she is becoming increasingly involved in the type of teenage behavior often associated with 'democratic' societies: sex, drugs, and rock and roll.Read more ›