“A literary gem who is too little appreciated in the West . . . [A] Czech master at the top of his game.” Scott Bernard Nelson, The Boston Globe
No Saints or Angels
978-0-8021-3923-8 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2002
Ivan Klíma is one of the world’s most important writers and, in No Saints or Angels, he takes us into the heart of contemporary Prague, where the Communist People’s Militia of the Stalinist era marches headlong into the drug culture of the present. Kristyna is the divorced mother of a rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter, Jana. She is beginning to love a man fifteen years her junior, but her joy is clouded by worryJana has been cutting school, and perhaps using heroin. Meanwhile Kristyna’s mother has forced on her a huge box of personal papers left by her dead father, a tyrant whose Stalinist ideals she despised. No Saints or Angels is a powerful book in which, “like Anton Chekhov, Mr. Klíma is . . . able to show us what’s extraordinary about ordinary life” (The Washington Times).