Ladislav Klíma’s ‘Glorious Nemesis’
“ … but what is a dream except the continuation of reality, or is reality the continuation of the dream?”
- Ladislav Klíma, Glorious Nemesis
In 1924 the first Surrealist Manifesto was published, elevating the blurring of dream and reality to an artistic imperative. That same year Franz Kafka was buried in Prague’s New Jewish Cemetery, after having found a radically different route towards the fusing of dream and reality in a work of art. These names now hold established places in literary history.
Far less known though is the fact that in 1926 Czech philosopher and writer Ladislav Klíma carried out the final revisions on his novel Glorious Nemesis, a book which embodies its own unique assault on the border between the waking and dreaming state.
Photo - The mountainous view from Cortina, the probable site of Klíma’s Cortona. So if you see a blue and red dot on that mountain, then run!! (I won’t say which way though).