Quotes by Ivan Klíma

"To destroy is easier than to create, and that is why so many people are ready to demonstrate against what they reject. But what would they say if one asked them what they wanted instead?"

"لماذا يموت الطيبون صغاراً جداً في حين يتدبر الأوغاد أمرهم للعيش طويلاً جداً؟"

"به این نتیجه رسیده ام که هیچ اندیشه ای در این دنیا آنقدر خوب و خیر نیست که بتواند تلاشی تعصب آمیز برای به کرسی نشاندنِ آن اندیشه را توجیه کند. تنها امید نجات در جهانِ این دوران، تساهل و تسامح است ... این واقعیت جای بحث و فحص ندارد که هیتلر و همپالکی هایش درست مثل لنین و دار و دسته ی انقلابی اش، هیچ این نیات ویرانگرشان را پنهان نمی داشتند که می خواهند گروه های بزرگی از مردم را محدود کنند، و هیچ پنهان نمی داشتند که برای رسیدن به اهدافشان عزم جزم تعصب آلودی دارند و هیچ در قید هزینه ی آن هم نیستند. اگر بی اعتنایی، بی عملی و ضعف توجیه ناشدنیِ طرف های مقابلِ آنها نبود، حتماً می شد آنها را مهار کرد. تساهل و تسامح هرگز نباید به معنای تساهل و تسامح در برابر عدم تساهل و تسامح باشد. تحمل کردنِ آنهایی که آماده شده اند آزادی را محدود کنند یا حق زندگیِ کسان دیگر را بگیرند، حتی اگر توجیهش شریف ترین اهداف باشد، روا و جایز نیست"

"ماذا يعني ان تعيش بطريقتك في عالم فيه مليارات من البشر؟ ينتهي بك الأمر دائماً مرتبطاً بشيء ما او بشخص ما."

"الحقيقة أن الطريقة الوحيدة للبقاء هي اللامبالاة بالاشياء التي نكرهها والتي تزعجنا في البشر والعالم."

Books by Ivan Klíma

  • War with the Newts
  • 10,294 ratings
  • October 7th 1996 by Northwestern University Press

    (first published 1936)

  • R.U.R.
  • 9,881 ratings
  • March 30th 2004 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1920)

  • Love and Garbage
  • 1,244 ratings
  • March 31st 1993 by Vintage

    (first published 1986)

  • My Merry Mornings
  • 206 ratings
  • September 25th 1986 by Readers International

    (first published 1979)

  • Judge On Trial
  • 186 ratings
  • April 26th 1994 by Vintage

    (first published 1986)

  • My First Loves
  • 185 ratings
  • December 18th 1989 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1981)

Ivan Klíma
  • Ivan Klíma

  • Date of birth: September 14, 1931
  • Born: in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Description: Ivan Klíma (born 14 September 1931, Prague, born as Ivan Kauders) is a Czech novelist and playwright. He has received the Magnesia Litera Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, among other honors.

    Klíma's early childhood in Prague was happy and uneventful, but this all changed with the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, after the Munich Agreement. He had been unaware that both his parents had Jewish ancestry; neither were observant Jews, but this was immaterial to the Germans.
    In November 1941, first his father Vilém Klíma, and then in December, he and his mother and brother were ordered to leave for the concentration camp at Theriesenstadt (Terezín), where he was to remain until liberation by the Russian Liberation Army in May, 1945. Both he and his parents survived incarceration—a miracle at that time—Terezín was a holding camp for Jews from central and southern Europe, and was regularly cleared of its overcrowded population by transports to "the East", death camps such as Auschwitz.
    Klíma has written graphically of this period in articles in the UK literary magazine, Granta, particularly A Childhood in Terezin. It was while living in these extreme conditions that he says he first experienced “the liberating power that writing can give”, after reading a school essay to his class. He was also in the midst of a story-telling community, pressed together under remarkable circumstances where death was ever-present. Children were quartered with their mothers, where he was exposed to a rich verbal culture of song and anecdote.
    This remarkable and unusual background was not the end of the Klíma's introduction to the great historical forces that shaped mid-century Europe. With liberation came the rise of the Czech Communist regime, and the replacement of Nazi tyranny with proxy Soviet control of the inter-war Czech democratic experiment. Klima became a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.[4] Later, his childhood hopes of fairy tale triumphs of good over evil became an adult awareness that it was often “not the forces of good and evil that do battle with each other, but merely two different evils, in competition for the control of the world”.
    The early show trials and murders of those who opposed the new regime had already begun, and Klíma's father was again imprisoned, this time by his own countrymen. It is this dark background that is the crucible out of which Klíma's written material was shaped: the knowledge of the depths of human cruelty, along with a private need for personal integrity, the struggle of the individual to keep whatever personal values the totalitarian regimes he lived under were attempting to obliterate.
    For his writing abilities, Ivan Klíma was awarded Franz Kafka Prize in 2002 as a second recipient. His two-volume memoir Moje šílené století ("My Crazy Century") won the Czech literary prize, the Magnesia Litera, in the non-fiction category in 2010.

    Biography from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kl%...