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Jacques and his Master

Milan Kundera
Translated by Simon Callow

MIlan Kundera’s play, complete and unabridged read by Simon Callow

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Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining ‘variation’ on Diderot’s novel Jacques le Fataliste, written for Milan Kundera’s ‘private pleasure’ in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. When the ‘heavy Russian irrationality’ fell on Czechoslovakia he felt drawn to the spirit of the eighteenth century – ‘And it seemed to me that nowhere was it to be found more densely concentrated than in that banquet of intelligence, humour and fantasy, Jacques le Fataliste’.

This translation by Simon Callow has delighted Kundera’s admirers throughout the English-speaking world.


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.…

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