Life Is Elsewhere

Paperback | July 25, 2000

byMilan Kundera

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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. 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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Adolescence is one of the most difficult times in life. For Jaromil, it is a time of true innocence when his poetry is flourishing. But the communist revolution threatens to put an end to his burgeoning talent. Life is Elsewhere is the stunning early novel by Milan Kundera that examines everything from the values of childhood to mo...

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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. 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 acc...

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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. 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 acc...

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:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:July 25, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060997028

ISBN - 13:9780060997021

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Adolescence is one of the most difficult times in life. For Jaromil, it is a time of true innocence when his poetry is flourishing. But the communist revolution threatens to put an end to his burgeoning talent. Life is Elsewhere is the stunning early novel by Milan Kundera that examines everything from the values of childhood to motherhood and revolution. This book is available for the first time in 20 years, contains a new postface by Kundera and a translation by Aaron Asher.

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"A sly and merciless lampoon of revolutionary romanticism...Kundera commits some of the funniest literary savaging since Evelyn Waugh polished off Dickens in A Handful of Dust." (Time)