Each of the six stories here is based on a job that the narrator, a banned writer, is forced to do for economic or psychic survival... Klima gives us many melodies: a real and terrifying world, a caustic and philosophic commentary, and a transcendent imagination... some of the best short stories I've ever read.
Carole Angier, New Statesman and Society
Ivan Klima must be regarded as Czechoslovakia's greatest living writer of fiction.
A consistent celebration of a man's freedom from the tyranny of circumstance... Klima had turned the various humiliating trades which he was forced to practise into the purest artistic gold.
Michael Dibdin, Independent on Sunday
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Don’t Forsake Me
'Bára went to the church on the advice of her friend Ivana. She had been suffering from occasional bouts of depression', Ivan Klíma in 'Don't Forsake Me' in Granta 59: France: The Outsider.
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Progress in Prague
‘People in the West are aware of the hardship and bewilderment that accompanied the political and economic transformation of central and eastern Europe after 1989.'