The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting: A Novel

Paperback | May 3, 1999

byMilan Kundera

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Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.

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A masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ranks with the greatest novels of the 20th century. The French author’s other classics, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Identity reflect an intelligence and wit that places Kundera firmly on his own in terms of literary genius. The Book of ...

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Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human exi...

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 novelsThe Joke,Farewell Waltz,Life Is Elsewhere,The Book of Laughter and Forgetting,The Unbearable Lightness of Being, andImmortality, and the short-story collectionLaughable Loves—all originally wr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 3, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780060932145

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A masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ranks with the greatest novels of the 20th century. The French author’s other classics, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Identity reflect an intelligence and wit that places Kundera firmly on his own in terms of literary genius. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is an intense novel that carefully weaves into the lyrical plot fragments of fairy tales, tidbits of literary criticism, pieces of political rants and even a little carefully placed autobiography.

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"The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius." (New York Times)