Identity: A Novel

Paperback | April 8, 1999

byMilan Kundera

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Sometimes—perhaps only for an instant—we fail to recognize a companion; for a moment their identity ceases to exist, and thus we come to doubt our own. The effect is at its most acute in a couple, where our existence is given meaning by our perception of a lover, and theirs of us.

With his astonishing skill at building on and out from the significant moment, Kundera has placed such a situation and the resulting wave of panic at the core of his new novel. In a narrative as intense as it is brief, a moment of confusion sets in motion a complex chain of events which forces the reader to cross and recross the divide between fantasy and reality.

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Revered French writer Milan Kundera's compelling and brilliant prose captures the essence of our modern-day, twisted relationships and our often twisted and forlorn souls. In Identity, the acclaimed author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being unveils a plot that builds to a tense, yet satisfying conclusion: Chantal is intrigued when sh...

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Sometimes—perhaps only for an instant—we fail to recognize a companion; for a moment their identity ceases to exist, and thus we come to doubt our own. The effect is at its most acute in a couple, where our existence is given meaning by our perception of a lover, and theirs of us. With his astonishing skill at building on and out from ...

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all origin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:April 8, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060930314

ISBN - 13:9780060930318

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Revered French writer Milan Kundera's compelling and brilliant prose captures the essence of our modern-day, twisted relationships and our often twisted and forlorn souls. In Identity, the acclaimed author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being unveils a plot that builds to a tense, yet satisfying conclusion: Chantal is intrigued when she begins to receive letters from an ardent secret admirer. Yet, as she eliminates possible candidates, including her lover, Jean-Marc, Chantal comes closer to losing the love she truly enjoys for the mesmeric fantasy of seemingly devoted, unrequited passion.

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"A novel of posessive passion. . . gets us turning the pages in excitement and alarm, Kundera's wit keeps us turning them to the very end." --" San Fransisco Chronicle""Curiously absorbing, with a melancholy charm." --" Wall Street Journal""Arresting. In its brevity and unity of plot it surpasses even his previous book, "Slowness."" -- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times""A fervent and compelling romance, a moving fable about the anxieties of love and separateness." --" Baltimore Sun""Its allegory of love left me shivering with an ambiguous, indefinable, yet strong sense of evil." -- "Washington Post Book World"