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Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  250 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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Pavel is a middle-aged man, a once-promising, award-winning documentary filmmaker, who is forced to survive by working as a cameraman for the state-run television station under Czechoslovakia's repressive regime. He dreams of one day making a film—a searing portrait of his times—that the authorities woul
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 15th 1996 by Picador (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jim
European Communism came to a fairly abrupt end around 1990. It was a heady time, but it was no stepping from the darkness into the light, just like that. There were steps forward, and retrograde steps as well. As a Hungarian, I recognize that the whole experience was a sword that cut both ways.

Of all the Eastern European writers, the one who comes closest to the truth is the Czech novelist Ivan Klíma:
Recently he'd begun to think that without even leaving the country he'd become an alien. It wasn
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Szplug
There's nothing easier than persuading yourself you could really do something if you tried, as long as you know that they'll never give you the chance. The system never allowed you to win, and so it saved you from defeat as well.
A quietly devastating work, relentlessly bleak and uncompromising.
Mohsen
کتاب درست مال احوالات همین روزهای من بود. دو کتابی که در این چند وقت از ایوان کلیما خواندم را بیش از هر نوشته ی دیگری به ذهنیات خودم درباره ی ماوقع این چند ماه نزدیک دیدم. روزگار تاریکی بر یک ملت جاری است. اما امیدی هم به روشنایی نیست. تاریکی و روشنایی در زندگی مردم است، نه چیزی بیرون از آن که بتوان انتظارش را کشید.
Ahmad Sharabiani
زندگی یک عالم چیز است، تل عظیم لباس، تیوب، چرخ گوشت، آسیاب قهوه است. انبوه سیم، لامپ، آینه، دوربین، قیچی، و ماشین آب پاش هم هست. از متن کتاب ص 17
Stephen
The setting of the Czech writer Ivan Klima's novel is the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989. His hero, Pavel, has adapted ("sold out"?) to the Party after an unsuccessful attempt to flee the country. A filmmaker, he is reduced to making propaganda films. He dreams of producing a film of his failed flight, albeit rather more dramatic and heroic than the actual event, but at the end of the novel, after the revolution takes place, he takes a job making erotic films. Pavel is lost. Is he morally weak? The ...more
Amir
کلیما احتمالن مشاهده‌گر خوبی است؛ این را از بعضی موقعیت‌های توصیف‌ شده در کتاب می‌توان فهمید، اما قصه‌گو نیست. یک چیز را تعریف می‌کند، تمام می‌شود، حالا بعدی را تعریف می‌کند، فرمی هم در کار نیست. می‌توان مقایسه کرد با کوندرا که علی‌رغم اینکه کتاب‌هایش فرم قطعه‌نویسی دارند عمیقن داستان‌اند؛ کوندرا قصه‌گوست، کلیما نیست.‏
Mojdeh
به تمام و کمال زندگی کردن یعنی:نزدیک بودن به آدمی که عاشقش هستی
واگر عاشق کسی نباشی؟
باید دنبالش بگردی
Bradley
"Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light" was a book that took me a long time to read and required a lot of thought when I was reading it. The main character, Pavel, is by far one of the most depressing people I have ever encountered, and his story is just so frustrating. His life does not even seem that tragic; he is just one of those people who leads a melancholy life, and it is frustrating because the author just does not tell you why. The plot is intricate. There appear to be two separat ...more
Hossain Razavi
Ok so this is how it goes...you have a political novel, you have a romantic adventure but most importantly you got questions! what is life? what is death? what is success? what is a historical chance? all answered by the author(maybe not in the form of a direct answer). but then you really ask yourself: really? does it mean that? is it just that?
this is a must-read book for all the young enlightened people of my country! we are now forced deal with a dictatorship, on some levels similar to the g
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Aarmin
جدا از مناسبت این کتاب با رژیم توتالیتری ما و شرایط زندگی زیر سایه و سلطه ی اون:
سوالهای اساسی تری از زبان قهرمان به نمایش گذاشته میشه. آیا واقعن میشه در یک جامعه توتالیتری از اخلاق شکل گرفته در این جامعه راه گریزی پیدا کرد؟ آیا زندگی در یک جامعه دموکراتیک کاملن اخلاقیه و در جامعه دیکتاتوری بر عکس اون ؟ آیا سختیها در یک جامعه دیکتاتوری به زندگی معنای بیشتری میبخشند و یا اون رو تهی میکنن؟ همکاری صنفی با رژیم توتالیتر اخلاقیه؟ آیا عشق و حضور اون رو میشه درک کرد؟ آیا خاطره برای انسان جامعه ی دیکتاتو
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Okhtay A
I can't stop comparing this book with current situation in my country. It is full of beautiful passages in the shape of dialogues, monologues or just simple thoughts of the main character. It gives you a full feeling of living in the last years, or even last days of a dying totalitarian regime.
Amerynth
Ivan Klima's book "Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light" was a really interesting look at the fallout from the fall of the Communist regime in Prague.

Set in the days before and after the Velvet Revolution, its narrator, Pavel, is going through a midlife crisis of sorts. He lives in a world where there are few choices and then too many-- either way he is completely stuck and unsure of where he is going.

Pavel has a rich fantasy life that really bleeds into the story... it was difficult to
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Zeynab Babaxani
سوالاتی که توی کتاب مطرح شده بود رو خیلی دوست تر می داشتم
مکث ها عاالی بودند
Kathryn Minturn
Too Many Questions

In my opinion, I believe Pavel was questing for quest. His quest to make a film was the writer's tool for expressing his own views. All of the female characters were foils who asked a lot of questions so Pavel could express his thoughts out loud instead of in his head. The characters seemed soulless and two dimensional. The only complete character was his mother. But maybe all of this was intentional and in the that case the author succeeded.
Emily
This book is written beautifully-- kudos to both the writer and the translator, for that. At first I didn't care for the narrative structure; there are a lot of strings that the author is trying to pull together, but somehow in the second half of the book it starts to knit together well. Tonally, the story is sad, and the author poses a lot of open-ended, unanswerable questions. There's definitely a healthy dose of angst, brought about by the fact that every time the characters want something, i ...more
Azra

«غریبه‌ها به آن‌ها تنقلات تعارف می‌کردند، و آن‌ها صمیمیت خاصی را احساس کردند که از نومیدی آن لحظه بالایشان می‌کشید. آن شب، قدم‌زنان او را به خانه‌اش رساندند. او در خوابگاه محوطه‌ بیمارستانی که در آن کار می‌کرد زندگی می‌کرد. هردوشان او را بوسیدند و با او خداحافظی کردند. آن بوسه هیچ معنایی نداشت. با این همه، آن بوسه و خود او به یادش ماندند. از قیافه و شخصیت او خوشش می‌آمد. در رفتارش صداقت مهربانانه‌ای بود، اما در زیر آن، اعماق پنهان نفوذناپذیری را احساس کرد که به طرف او جلبش می‌کردند.
آن‌ها مدتی ب
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Rishabhahm
An enigmatic and depressing book. Pavel/Mr Fuka is one of the most depressing characters I have read in a novel. Though the book is very poetic and insightful. I came to know that the author Ivan Klima has spend some time in a concentration camp during the World War-2 and probably that's why the author draws such a grim picture of life.
Becky
I think this book would have garnered a higher rating had I read it earlier on on the grand book mission. It's the take of a film maker on the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic - the persecution of the past, the struggle to cope with the freedoms of the future. But more than that, it's the story of yet another discontent artistic man, approaching middle age and struggling to see the meaning of his life, and where he fits in to modern society. Interwoven are the tales of criminals, factory ...more
Anna
Started reading several months ago, didn't particularly capture me. Picked it up from where I'd left off around page 61 and finished within two days....it really got interesting--I got hooked, and looked forward to picking it up again. One must understand that it is a story within a story....otherwise it may be confusing to keep track of characters. Some events are a bit outrageous, so it helps to understand that these are not situations the protagonist is immediately involved in.
Mohammadhossein Alizadeh
کتاب خوبیه، ارزش چندبار خوندن رو داره، جزء کتب ویزه من محسوب میشه

یک داستان و ایده گیرا، روایت خوب و ترجمه مناسب
البته برای درک عمق داستان باید فضاش رو حس کرده بای و گرایشات سیاسی داشته باشی.
فضای کسی که از حکومت متنفره، اما مجبوره به خاطر شغلش خواسته های حکومت رو اجرا کنه
فارغ از بحث سیاسی، ماجرای درام هم داره که به نظرم خوب پرداخت شده
البته بخش های کوچکی از کتاب هست که ممکنه به دل نشینه
Alissa
Klima writes from the close third-person point-of-view of Pavel, a Czechoslovakian documentary filmmaker. Pavel is a wonderfully indecisive narrator, constantly posing questions to himself and then half-answering these questions. Klima is a master at weaving together the many strings of a story, fusing the imaginary world of Pavel with his sad reality.
Sam Dye
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the flow was too fragmented for me. I am not giving up on Klima, since becoming acquainted with him when we were in the Czech Republic. It does bring out a totally unknown, to me, viewpoint of someone who had tried to escape a communist controlled country.
Jonfaith
Apparently I read this in 2000, I ofund a bookmark to attest to such and I found references on our samizdat site. For the life of me, I can't recall this book.
Carrie
Jan 07, 2008 Carrie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Arun
A brooding book about men and women and sex and the inside of your brain by a brooding and brilliant Czech writer.
Chris M
Not Klima's best. Judge on Trial was much better -- he trusted his reader more.
Richard
Nice novel about the trials of adjusting to post-communist Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic.
Rooja K-d
خوب شروع کرد...خیلی خوب... اما انگار وا رفت. امادر نهایت نسبتا خوب جمع شد.
Heather
Loved it. Much to process but make room, Kafka and Kundera...
Amy
Klima might be my new favorite author. Whoa.
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