Glorious Nemesis - Ladislav Klima

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Glorious Nemesis by Ladislav Klíma, translated by Marek Tomin / artwork by Pavel Rut / ISBN 9788086264394 / 125-page hardcover from Twisted Spoon Press, circa 2011 (restock unlikely)


Klima's intense inner life and complex mental state is reflected in his peculiar writings. The eccentricity of style and occasional violence found in his prose were intended to convey the deep conflicts attending his thought processes, and this is perhaps best exemplified in the novella Glorious Nemesis. Set in the Tyrol (inspired by Klima's extended stay in Landeck), it is a balladic tale that explores the metaphysics of love and death, crime and reincarnation. Sider, a man of twenty-eight, is confronted by a giant mountain named Stag's Head and an ancient hovel standing under a high, black cliff. Out one day on a hike, he encounters two women who will mark his fate: the elder Errata and the younger Orea, dressed in blue. From this point on Sider is on a quest for the All, the Absolute, and to achieve eternity through divine retribution for the misdeeds of a past life. Willing to risk his entire fortune and sanity, he succumbs to his dreams and hallucinations as Orea, or her doppelganger, becomes for him a representation of the goddess Nemesis, the apotheosis of the Feminine who initiates him into the mysteries of life and death.

Written around 1919 and last revised by Klima in 1926, Glorious Nemesis was published posthumously in 1932. This is the first English translation.

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