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THE ULTIMATE INTIMACY - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Klima, Ivan (Translated by A. G. Brain)

Published by New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1998
ISBN 10: 0802116256 / ISBN 13: 9780802116253
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Title: THE ULTIMATE INTIMACY - Scarce Pristine Copy...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 387 pages. Published in 1998. 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 American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 348

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Synopsis: To what should we devote our lives? Which is stronger, a faith without doubts or a faith that wrestles with doubts? With the brilliance and humanity that have made him a major figure in world literature, Ivan Klima in The Ultimate Intimacy explores the universal themes of love, adultery, and God.

Pastor Daniel Vedra has a wife and three children. He ministers to prisoners and is a sought-after commentator on the problems facing the rapidly changing society of the Czech Republic. But privately he struggles with the knowledge that he has never recaptured the depth of intimacy he had with his first wife, who died suddenly and young.

With the arrival of a beautiful married stranger who reminds him of his lost Jitka, Daniel finds his heart reawakening. But their affair will lead him to betray everything he has lived for: his family, his vocation, and his future. In a Czech Republic in the throes of complete social and economic upheaval, the order that had underpinned Daniel's life falls apart, his intimacy with God splintered by what he has found with another man's wife.

Review: It's easy to tease out the serious themes in Ivan Klima's novel of ideas--religious belief vs. earthly love; freedom vs. responsibility; skepticism vs. belief; and the burdens of the Communist past vs. 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. Born in 1944 and having grown up in Czechoslovakia in a time "when hate was publicly proclaimed as something necessary," and now living in an era in which "having a good memory tends to be a disadvantage," Daniel Vedra is determined to live according to the Biblical certainties he proclaims. Alas, at a particularly low point following his mother's death 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 narration, however, Daniel's crisis becomes a powerful drama of faith and, perhaps, salvation.

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