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My First Loves

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Through four sensuous tales, a young man traces his harsh coming of age in Czechoslovakia, where faith in love, country and human kindness must hold out against increasing political disillusionment. His first affections move from a young kitchen girl in the Jewish ghetto who fills his glass tall with scarce milk to a restless married woman, an undercover spy, and a frail w...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 17th 1989 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1985)
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Ivan Klima is his own protagonist in this quartet of love stories. A coming-of-age story of sorts he tells of the most important loves of his younger life and how they shaped him in a time of political upheavel and confusion, beginning at an early age in which the love interest is a woman who pours his milk when he lived in the ghetto. Each woman embodies her own truth, but also the truth Klima has given them in his own search to discover who they are. He allows that the women have a past that d...more
Ivan Klima has crafted a beautifully written group of tales about how a shy boy becomes an awkward, tongue-tied teenager and, finally, a writer. Klima subtly tells the story of not only the four females the protagonist falls in love with but also the story of his country from a Nazi holding camp to the Russian invasion. All the while he keeps the transcendental image of an acrobat on a tightrope who could fall at any moment. The book is funny, lyrical, passionate, and subtle. This book shows wha...more
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Ivan Klíma (born 14 September 1931, Prague, born as Ivan Kauders) is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.

Klíma's early childhood in Prague was happy and uneventful, but this all changed with the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, after the Munich Agreement. He had been unaware that both his parents had Jew...more
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“Far better that false hope should lull you,
Than that sheer blackness yawn at you”
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