No Saints Or Angels | Granta

  • Published: 17/10/2002
  • ISBN: 9781862075368
  • 129x20mm
  • 272 pages

No Saints Or Angels

Ivan Klima

Ivan Klima is widely recognized as one of the most important Czech writers of his generation. No Saints or Angels is set in Prague during the summer of 1998 and spans three generations, from the Second World War to the new millennium. 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.

This big, 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


The Author

Ivan Klima was born in 1931 in Prague, where he now lives, and was editor of the journal of the Czech Writers’ Union during the Prague Spring. He is the author of many plays, stories and novels, including Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, The Ultimate Intimacy and My Golden Trades, and a non-fiction book, The Spirit of Prague, all of which are published by Granta Books. His work, which is now published worldwide, was once banned in his own country.

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