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Klima, Ivan (Translated by A. G. Brain). THE ULTIMATE INTIMACY. New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 387 pages. As New/As New.

The author's novel. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "It is easy to tease out the serious themes in Ivan Klima's novel of ideas: Religious belief versus earthly love; freedom versus responsibility; skepticism versus belief and the burdens of the Communist past versus those of the capitalist present. But 'The Ultimate Intimacy' is far more than a metaphysical point/counterpoint. Klima's exploration of one crucial year in the life of a good minister, who discovers that truth and passion can be all too distant, is no simple construction. Daniel Vedra is determined to live according to the Biblical certainties he proclaims. At a particularly low point, he is distracted by a mysterious and beautiful churchgoer and the two are soon entangled. In lesser hands, the situation might be incredible or at best, credible but hackneyed. In Klima's complex narrative, however, Daniel's crisis becomes a powerful drama of faith and salvation" (Publisher's blurb). "It is better to suffer and be loved than to be joyous but not loved" (Ivan Klima). 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. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IVAN KLIMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0802116256. $20.00

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