My Golden Trades

Ivan Klima

Published: 16 April 1998
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781862071032


One of the last artistic expressions of life under communism, this novel captures the atmosphere in Prague between 1983 and 1987, where a dance could be broken up by the secret police, a traffic offence could lead to surveillance and where contraband books were the currency of the underworld.

About the author

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Ivan Klima was born in 1931 in Prague, where he now lives, and was editor of the journal of the Czech Writers' Union during the Prague Spring. He is the author of many plays, stories and novels, including Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, The Ultimate Intimacy and My Golden Trades, and a non-fiction book, The Spirit of Prague, all of which are published by Granta Books. His work, which is now published worldwide, was once banned in his own country. More about the author


‘A consistent celebration of a man's freedom from the tyranny of circumstance... Klima had turned the various humiliating trades which he was forced to practise into the purest artistic gold.’ Michael Dibdin



‘Each of the six stories here is based on a job that the narrator, a banned writer, is forced to do for economic or psychic survival... Klima gives us many melodies: a real and terrifying world, a caustic and philosophic commentary, and a transcendent imagination... some of the best short stories I've ever read.’ Carole Angier

‘Ivan Klima must be regarded as Czechoslovakia's greatest living writer of fiction.’

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