Life Is Elsewhere

July 25, 2000|
Life Is Elsewhere by Milan 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.

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 ...
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Title:Life Is Elsewhere
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:432 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.08 in
Shipping dimensions:432 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.08 in
Published:July 25, 2000
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060997021

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