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My Crazy Century

(2013)
A Memoir
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An intimate autobiography by the acclaimed dissident writer, spanning six explosive decades of twentieth century Eastern Europe.

Klima's story begins in the 1930s on the outskirts of Prague where he grew up unaware of his concealed Jewish heritage. It came as a surprise when his family was transported to the Terezin concentration camp - and an even greater surprise when most of them survived. They returned home to a city in economic turmoil and falling into the grip of Communism. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Klima discovered his love of literature and matured as a writer. But as the regime further encroached on daily life, arresting his father and censoring his work, Klima recognized the party for what it was: a deplorable, colossal lie. The true nature of oppression became clear to him and many of his peers, among them Josef kvorecky, Milan Kundera, and Vaclav Havel. From the brief hope of freedom during the Prague Spring of 1968 to Charter 77 and the eventual collapse of the regime in 1989's Velvet Revolution, Klima's revelatory account provides a profoundly rich personal and national history.

Both personal and universal, Klima's memoir provides "a sweeping, revealing look at one man's personal struggle as writer and individual, set against the backdrop of political turmoil" (Booklist) and a "searching exploration of a warped era . . . Rich in irony - and dogged hope." (Publishers Weekly).

Genre: Historical

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Title: My Crazy Century
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