Interview with Ivan Klima regarding Love and Garbage
Interview with Ivan Klima on the sources of inspiration for his novel Love and Garbage and his experience as a street sweeper.
Ivan Klima is one of many Czechs to have lived through the horrors of Nazi occupation during World War II. Born in Prague in 1931, he was deported (he started writing at the Terezin concentration camp), and then, when he was back in Prague, he lived through the Stalin regime of the 1950s, followed by the Prague Spring, the 1968 Soviet invasion, and 1989's Velvet Revolution. He wrote essays, plays, novels and short stories. Censored for twenty years in his country, he had to sweep floors and drive ambulances to earn a living.
His works, including the novel Love and Garbage (1990), and the essay The Spirit of Prague (a dialogue between Philip Roth and the writer which combined autobiographical memories of his deportation along with thoughts on totalitarian regimes, published in 1990), were translated into approximately thirty languages and made him one of the most famous contemporary Czech authors.