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By Ivan Klíma

From an across the world acclaimed Czech author comes a clever, humane, and poignant novel, set in Prague earlier than the Velvet Revolution, whose perceptions approximately love, moral sense, and betrayal reduce to the bone of lifestyles in either totalitarian and democratic societies. "A chilling tale from the underground."--The big apple Times.

Donning an orange vest, the narrator--a banned Czech writer--sweeps the Prague streets with a bunch of the society's different outcasts--an outdated sailor given to drink, a sickly youngster, a foul-mouthed former attractiveness, a failed inventor, and an ex-pilot. As they cross approximately their senseless task, the narrator learns of the desires and sorrows of his coworkers and meditates at the existence and paintings of Franz Kafka, the facility of literature, and his courting together with his loss of life father. He agonizes over his passionate, tempestuous love affair with a skilled sculptor, Daria, yet finally chooses his spouse of a long time for whom he feels nice tenderness. A meditation on dying, the character of affection and freedom, dedication and guilt, this poetic and lightly unhappy autobiographical novel through an incredible Czech author belongs in all libraries amassing glossy eu literature.

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I'm afraid I will compete—that's what scares me. That's why I quit the Theatre Department. Just because I'm so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else's values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn't make it right. I'm ashamed of it. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. " She paused, and suddenly picked up her glass of milk and brought it to her lips. "I knew it," she said, setting it down. "That's something new. My teeth go funny on me.

It's about the only thing I've ever heard you—" "I just quit, that's all," Franny said. "It started embarrassing me. " She reflected. "I don't know. It seemed like such poor taste, sort of, to want to act in the first place. I mean all the ego. And I used to hate myself so, when I was in a play, to be backstage after the play was over. All those egos running around feeling terribly charitable and warm. Kissing everybody and wearing their makeup all over the place, and then trying to be horribly natural and friendly when your friends came backstage to see you.

Franny was annoyed. "I'm not hungry, Lane —I'm sorry. My gosh. Now, please. You order what you want, why don't you, and I'll eat while you're eating. " Lane craned his neck and caught the waiter's attention. A moment later, he ordered the chicken sandwich and the glass of milk for Franny, and snails, frogs' legs, and a salad for himself. He looked at his wrist-watch when the waiter had gone, and said, "We're supposed to be up at Tenbridge at one-fifteen, one-thirty, incidentally. No later. I told Wally we'd probably stop off for a drink and then maybe we'd all go out to the stadium together in his car.

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