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Publisher Comments:

"Every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is," Kundera writes. "I have tried to express here the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels." Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on "perhaps the least known of all the great novelists of our time," Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe. Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the postpsychological novel. His reflections on the state of the modem European novel are as witty, original, and far-reaching as his fiction.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060932947
Translator:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Kundera, Milan
Publisher:
HarpPeren
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
20000301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.00x5.29x.42 in. .30 lbs.

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