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My First Loves

(1986)
A collection of stories by

 
 
"The voice [in these stories] is clear and intelligent and brave. Mr. Klima has climbed the mast." - New York Times

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 woman who can't escape her past suffering. It is Ivan Klima's keen, ironic eye and naive, lyrical timbre that suffuses these stories with their richness of detail. Klima's work was banned in his native Czechoslovakia, where he was published in samizdat.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: My First Loves
Author(s): Ivan Klima, Ewald Osers
ISBN: 0-06-015866-2 / 978-0-06-015866-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1900 : UK Hardback
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Title: My First Loves
Author(s): Ivan Klima
ISBN: 0-7011-3014-8 / 978-0-7011-3014-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

February 1994 : UK Paperback

Title: My First Loves: Miriam / My Country / the Truth Game / the Tightrope Walkers
Author(s): Ivan Klima
ISBN: 0-14-024536-7 / 978-0-14-024536-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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December 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: My First Loves: Miriam; my Country; the Truth Game; the Tightrope Walkers (Penguin International Writers S.)
Author(s): Ivan Klima
ISBN: 0-14-011714-8 / 978-0-14-011714-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: My First Loves
Author(s): Ivan Klima
ISBN: 0-393-30601-1 / 978-0-393-30601-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK