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Love and Garbage is set in Prague years before the Velvet Revolution and explores themes of conscience and betrayal that cut to the bone of life in both totalitarian and democratic societies. The writer-hero of this shrewd and poignant novel has responded to state suppression by becoming a street-sweeper. From his vantage point in Prague's gutters comes a piercing vision of a world in which everything--from uncomfortable ideas to a former mistress--may be reduced to garbage and only love has the power to grant permanence.
"Masterful...Klima truly is an heir to Kafka. Love and Garbage is a supreme testimony to the power of the individual imagination to discover meaning and sustenance in a blighted world."--Newsday