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Title:Ignorance
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Publisher:Harper Perennial
ISBN:0060002107
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Number of Pages:195
Category:Fiction, Novels, Literature, Czech literature

Ignorance by Milan Kundera, Linda Asher

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Ignorance p 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 p p 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 p p Author Biography The Franco Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France his second homeland for more than twenty years p p He is the author of the novels i The Joke Life Is Elsewhere The Farewell Party The Books of Laughter and Forgetting The Unbearable Lightness of Being i and i Immortality i and the short story collection i Laughable Loves i all originally written in Czech p p Like i Slowness i his two earlier nonfiction works i The Art ofthe Novel i and i Testaments Betrayed i were originally written in French p

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