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Title:Life is Elsewhere
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Publisher:Harper Perennial
ISBN:0060997028
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Number of Pages:432
Category:Fiction, Literature, Czech literature, Novels

Life is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera, Aaron Asher

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Life is Elsewhere 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

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The Joke, Ignorance, Immortality, Identity, Laughable Loves, Farewell Waltz, Slowness, Life is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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