The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

ISBN
9780571357734
Published
03/10/2019
9780571357734
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

A new edition of the seminal novel by a literary master, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first publication.

‘One is torn between profound pleasure in the novel’s execution and wonder at the pain that inspired it.’ Ian McEwan

'A masterpiece.' Salman Rushdie

This book is a novel in the form of variations. The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage, leading into the interior of a theme, the interior of a thought, the interior of a single, unique situation the understanding of which recedes from my sight into the distance. It is a book about laughter and forgetting, about forgetting and about Prague, about Prague and about the angels.

A new edition of the seminal novel by a literary master, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first publication.‘One is torn between profound pleasure in the novel’s execution and wonder at the pain that inspired it.’ Ian McEwan'A masterpiece.' Salman RushdieThis book is a novel in the form of variations. The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage, leading into the interior of a theme, the interior of a thought, the interior of a single, unique situation the understanding of which recedes from my sight into the distance. It is a book about laughter and forgetting, about forgetting and about Prague, about Prague and about the angels.
  • Milan Kundera

    Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France for over forty years. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Joke (1967), Life is Elsewhere (1973), The Farewell Waltz (1976), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1978), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Immortality (1991), and the short-story collection Laughable Loves (1969), which were all originally written in Czech. His play, Jacques and His Master (1984), Slowness (1995), Identity (1998) and Ignorance (2002) were all originally written in French. Milan Kundera has also written extensively about the novel in four collections of essays - The Art of the Novel (1968), Testaments Betrayed (1993), The Curtain (2007) and Encounter (2009).

“An urgent, stunning book; it teaches us that when we die, what we lose is not the future but the past. I think of Kundera as the great modern descendant of Gogol and Kafka.”
- Carlos Fuentes
“A whirling dance of a book . . . Kundera is a self-confessed hedonist in a world beset by politics, and his marvellous novel mingles a hedonist’s love of eroticism, fantasy and fun with knife-sharp political satire.”
- Salman Rushdie

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Encounter

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The Curtain

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Testaments Betrayed

Testaments Betrayed

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Ignorance

Ignorance

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