Living Parallel by Alexandr Kliment

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This novel about conflicts of conscience explores an unusual love triangle of a man, a woman, and the Czech countryside. Mikulaš is an architect who has spent his career designing prefab high-rise apartment blocks in Prague, when his dream has been to design garden apartment complexes in the countryside that he loves. Finally winning the heart of an artist named Olga, a woman he first fell in love with 20 years earlier, Mikulaš must now make a decision between her and his homeland. Filled with striking images, fresh metaphors, and colorful language, this beautiful, reflective novel examines both the spiritual limitations imposed by communism and a life abandoned and started anew.
 

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Alexandr Kliment’s work was banned in Czechoslovakia for 20 years. This is his first book to appear in English. Robert Wechsler is the author of Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation. He lives in North Haven, Connecticut.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by Catbird Press. 238 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and a former mentor Kormund, the unlucky perpetrator of a botched fake assassination attempt on a politician who “needed to show that people were threatening him.” Mikulas’s decision to “live parallel” (i.e., alongside, but detached from, the reality destroying his country’s landscape and its spi...

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