The Ultimate Intimacy is a quiet, intense study of a man who moves from a state of emotional neutrality to one of controlled complexity... Klima skilfully catches the confusion, ambiguity and the strangling the lives of his characters... [his] achievement remains his humane understanding of moral and emotional confusion and his ability to question these dilemmas.
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
This is a novel of extraordinary complexity, a portrait not just of a human soul, a marriage, and a great love, but also of a city and a society in a convulsion of new-found liberty and freedom... both absorbing and remarkably upsetting.
This is art in its true sense
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