The classic of literary criticism from one of the world’s greatest novelists.
In seven independent, but closely related chapters, Milan Kundera presents his personal conception of the European novel, which he describes as ‘an art born of the laughter of God’.
‘Invigoratingly suggestive . . . Kundera’s map of the development of the European novel is outlined with the reckless brevity of the man who knows exactly what and where the salient points are.’ London Review of Books
‘Kundera is the saddest, funniest and most loveable of authors.’ The Times
About the Author
The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, The Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves — all originally in Czech. His more 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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