A to Z Abroad: Ivan Klíma at The Globe


Sometimes world travel can lead to the discovery of an individual in addition to a place. While in Prague, Czech Republic, I was lucky enough to find a writer by the name of Ivan Klíma.

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to visit several local bookshops. Even in places where English is not the primary language, bookshops provide a unique insight into the local culture. Besides, in many cases, there is a shelf for English translations of local writers.

In Prague, one of the more prominent bookshops is The Globe. Run by American expats, this bookshop includes new and used books in Czech and English. In addition there is a fantastic café tucked in the back.

The Globe Bookshop, Prague, Czech Republic
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

I found several books by local authors, but Ivan Klíma’s books spoke to me the most. I ended up buying his novel No Saints or Angels, which has since become one of my favorite books.

Ivan Klíma is a renowned writer in the Czech Republic that explores topics regarding oppression and the concept of individual freedom. His personal history of surviving imprisonment at the Terezín concentration camp during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and his later struggles with the dictatorial communist regime all lend to the brutal honesty and hope presented in his novels.

Klíma’s stories always revolve the dichotomy of the human spirit and the cruelty of human nature. Through his works of fiction, he strives to illuminate the importance  of freedom of expression and individuality.

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What happens to people who spend their lives afraid to voice their opinions?  They stop thinking, most likely.    – Ivan Klima

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Suggested Reading:

9781862071032_p0_v2_s260x420  9781862075368

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Part of the A to Z Challenge!


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c.b.w. 2013


27 thoughts on “A to Z Abroad: Ivan Klíma at The Globe

  1. Jemima Pett

    Funny that; I was with a friend today who aske dme if I’d been to Prague since she was going at the weekend. No, I haven’t. Must go some time. Great post 🙂


  2. Sherrey Meyer

    C.B., not just a peek into the city of Prague and what sounds like an amazing bookstore, but two book recommendations and a new author as well! I consider this post a BONUS on the A to Z challenge today. 🙂


  3. K.Jacqleene

    Visiting local bookstores when I travel is always a priority. I love the feel, the smell, the atmosphere of local bookstores. So much to discover, so many hidden treasures. It looks like you found one on this visit. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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