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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. Fine/Fine.

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. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ivan Klima's "The Ultimate Intimacy" in a felicitous English translation. His most philosophical novel. "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). An absolute "must-have" title for Ivan Klima collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IVAN KLIMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0802116256. $20.00

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