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Glorious Nemesis

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  9 reviews
I feel myself to be walking in the footsteps ... of what Ladislav Klíma wrote and stood for.
—Bohumil Hrabal

Klima's intense inner life and complex mental state are reflected in his peculiar writings. The eccentricity of style and occasional violence found in his prose were intended to convey the deep conflicts attending his thought processes, and this is perhaps best exempl...more
Hardcover, 1st, 123 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published 1932)
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Jeff Bursey
Mysterious and philosophical, potentially creepy and, at times, creaky in its execution, Klima's short novel is worth reading for its fervid style and the way he keeps catching the reader out.

UPDATE: Some time ago The Review of Contemporary Fiction removed its archive of reviews. Here's what I wrote there about this novel, in the Summer 2102, Vol. XXXII, No. 2 issue (reprinted by permission):

Ladislav Klíma. Glorious Nemesis. Trans. Marek Tomin. Twisted Spoon, 2011. 123 Pp. Cloth: £14.50.
“Only th...more
I read this book because I recently moved to the Czech Republic and was looking to find some new authors. The blurb on the back caught my attention because it reminded of themes I came across in other books written by Central European authors such as Kafka, Kundera and Hesse. There is a fine line between reality and dreams, male and female, caution and insanity.

The author tries to capture all of these dichotomies in an action novel, but in doing so just forces the issue and ends up having to tel...more
Described as a "Baladic ghost story" Glorious Nemesis succeeds in plumbing the depths of love and death, crime and reincarnation. Quite strange.
Klíma wrote to expound on his philosophy according to the afterword, About The Author. A radical subjective idealist, he developed metaphysical systems of egosolism and deoessence, which according to the afterword is the condition of "the subject fully understanding his substance and becoming the creator of his own divinity."
The story is surreal, compelling, and full of observances about the human condition. It's really good.
If I had read this as a younger man, it might have profoundly altered m...more
Vendea Eclee
Čtena jen Slavná Nemesis. Sice jsem se ztrácela a ten konec byl dost WTF, ale účel to splnilo. Užila jsem si to.

It's a bit like Murakami but Czech. This is not a bad thing.
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Dear gods this looks absolutely amazing.
one of my top five authors. i love this guy!
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Ladislav Klíma (August 8, 1878 – April 19, 1928), was a Czech philosopher and novelist influenced by George Berkeley, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. His philosophy is referred to varyingly as existentialism and subjective idealism.
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