The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts

Paperback | December 26, 2007

byMilan Kundera

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“A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose.”

In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that “the curtain” represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has—a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.

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“A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose.”In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kund...

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:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:December 26, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060841958

ISBN - 13:9780060841959

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“Evocative...Kundera marvelously conducts us on a journey through the history of the novel.”