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ISBN13: 9780060002091
ISBN10: 0060002093
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A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? The truth is that after such a long absence "their memories no longer match." We always believe that our memories coincide with those of the person we loved, that we experienced the same thing. But this is just an illusion. Then again, what can we expect of our weak memory? It records only "an insignificant, minuscule particle" of the past, "and no one knows why it's this bit and not any other bit." We live our lives sunk in a vast forgetting, a fact we refuse to recognize. Only those who return after twenty years, like Odysseus returning to his native Ithaca, can be dazzled and astounded by observing the goddess of ignorance firsthand.

Milan Kundera is the only author today who can take such dizzying concepts as absence, memory, forgetting, and ignorance, and transform them into material for a novel, masterfully orchestrating them into a polyphonic and moving work.

Review:

"It is not entirely unfair to suggest that Milan Kundera may be a didactician of the comic rather than a comic novelist....Ignorance, for all its local delights, is an angry book compressed into a slight one, and it seesaws between slender theorizing and slender storytelling....In this way the novel enforces the very complaints that it makes, and the result is an arrested book that seems not to desire to change a situation so much as to freeze it, the better to attack it. For all his anger, on the evidence of this strange book Milan Kundera would like things to stay much the same." James Wood, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Precise and spare ... page by page this novel is dazzling.

About the Author

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

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Michelleyevshky, February 24, 2011 (view all comments by Michelleyevshky)
I really loved this book--about nostalgia and the ignorance of memory and even love. Milan Kundera is spare and powerful with words. Kundera uses a passive voice in this book which creates a muted, nearly objective point of view. That creates an even more powerful sense of nostalgia, I found myself wanting to get closer to the picture. The way the scenes were laid out created a second (or third) level of nostalgia, which was quite impressive. I definitely recommend this book, it was beautiful and lonely and wants to be comforted.
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tgcsfo, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by tgcsfo)
Kundera's novels are always very thought provoking and this one doesn't disappoint! If I could only read the work of one author I would have to choose his. He has the unique ability to write from a woman’s viewpoint in a believable way. This is a great story of memory, and how it can change the lens through which we view our own history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060002091
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Kundera, Milan
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
GTR-539
Publication Date:
October 1, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.62x5.84x.77 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060002091 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It is not entirely unfair to suggest that Milan Kundera may be a didactician of the comic rather than a comic novelist....Ignorance, for all its local delights, is an angry book compressed into a slight one, and it seesaws between slender theorizing and slender storytelling....In this way the novel enforces the very complaints that it makes, and the result is an arrested book that seems not to desire to change a situation so much as to freeze it, the better to attack it. For all his anger, on the evidence of this strange book Milan Kundera would like things to stay much the same." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , Precise and spare ... page by page this novel is dazzling.
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