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Title:Slowness
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Harper Perennial
ISBN:0060928417
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Number of Pages:156
Category:Fiction, Literature, Czech literature, Novels, Philosophy

Slowness by Milan Kundera, Linda Asher

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Slowness Milan Kundera s lightest novel a em divertimento em an em opera buffa em em Slowness em is also the first of this author s fictional works to have been written in French .

Disconcerted and enchanted the reader follows the narrator of em Slowness em through a midsummer s night in which two tales of seduction separated by more than two hundred years interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life about the secret bond between slowness and memory about the connection between our era s desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed And about dancers possessed by the passion to be seen for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy

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Milan Kundera s lightest novel a em divertimento em an em opera buffa em em Slowness em is also the first of this author s fictional works to have been written in French br br Disconcerted and enchanted the reader follows the narrator of em Slowness em through a midsummer s night in which two tales of seduction separated by more than two hundred years interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life about the secret bond between slowness and memory about the connection between our era s desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed And about dancers possessed by the passion to be seen for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy, All too often this brilliant novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been read for its political implications Now a quarter century after The Joke was first published and several years after the collapse of the Soviet imposed Czechoslovak regime it becomes easier to put such implications into perspective in favor of valuing the book and all Kundera s work as what it truly is great stirring literature that sheds new light on the eternal themes of human existence br br The present edition provides English language readers an important further means toward revaluation of The Joke For reasons he describes in his Author s Note Milan Kundera devoted much time to creating with the assistance of his American publisher editor a completely revised translation that reflects his original as closely as any translation possibly can reflects it in its fidelity not only to the words and syntax but also to the characteristic dictions and tonalities of the novel s narrators The result is nothing less than the restoration of a classic, There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own This also happens with couples indeed above all with couples because lovers fear more than anything else losing sight of the loved one br br With stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment Milan Kundera has made this situation and the vague sense of panic it inspires the very fabric of his new novel Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly crosses the border between the real and the unreal between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitude br br Of all contemporary writers only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel one of his finest most painful and most enlightening Which surprisingly turns out to be a love story, The author initially intended to call this novel em The Lyrical Age em The lyrical age according to Kundera is youth and this novel above all is an epic of adolescence an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values childhood motherhood revolution and even poetry Jaromil is in fact a poet His mother made him a poet and accompanies him figuratively to his love bed and literally to his deathbed A ridiculous and touching character horrifying and totally innocent innocence with its bloody smile Jaromil is at the same time a true poet He s no creep he s Rimbaud Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution entrapped in a somber farce