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Klima, Ivan (Translated by Paul Wilson). WAITING FOR THE DARK, WAITING FOR THE LIGHT. London, England: Granta Books, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 234 pages. As New/As New.

The author's "post-Communist" novel. The first appearance of the title in English. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical acclaim, it is now a cult novel. The first work by the great Czech writer-dissident since the collapse of the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries. For much of his writing life, Ivan Klima's work was banned in his native Czechoslovakia. Set during the Velvet Revolution led by President Vaclav Havel, the novel follows the life of Pavel Fukova, a cynical cameraman for state-controlled TV in Czechoslovakia circa 1989. "Pavel and his cineaste buddy, Peter, attempted to flee the country 21 years ago. Since then, Pavel has sacrificed his dreams one by one on the altar of expediency. Klima's fine prose is as unsettling as his purpose. The handful of scenes in an acrid explosives factory are so gloomy they could have been written by Conrad. Klima may, indeed, be reflecting the Velvet Revolution's darkening heart" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Ivan Klima collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Selected by The New York Times as one of the best books of the year 1994. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IVAN KLIMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0140141014. $20.00

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