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The Curtain

An Essay in Seven Parts

The Curtain( )
Author: Kundera, Milan
ISBN:978-0-571-23281-9
Publication Date:May 2007
Publisher:Faber & Faber, Limited
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $24.99
Book Description:

In this entertaining and always stimulating collection of seven essays, Kundera deftly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel. Too often, he suggests, a novel is thought about only within the confines of the nation of its origin, when in fact the novel's development has always occurred across borders: Laurence Sterne learned from Rabelais, Henry Fielding from Cervantes, Joyce from Flaubert, García Márquez from Kafka. The real work of a novel is not bound...
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Book Details
Pages:176
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / General
Literary Criticism / Semiotics & Theory
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.901 x 19.601 x 1.3 cm
Book Weight:0.202 Kilograms
Author Biography
Kundera, Milan (Author)
One of the foremost contemporary Czech writers, Kundera is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His play The Keeper of the Keys, produced in Czechoslovakia in 1962, has long been performed in a dozen countries. His first novel, The Joke (1967), is a biting satire on the political atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. It tells the story of a young Communist whose life is ruined because of a minor indiscretion: writing a postcard to his girlfriend in which he mocks her political fervor.The Joke has been translated into a dozen languages and was made into a film, which Kundera wrote and directed. His novel Life Is Elsewhere won the 1973 Prix de Medicis for the best foreign novel. Kundera has been living in France since 1975. His books, for a long time suppressed in his native country, are once again published.The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), won him international fame and was a successful English-language film. In this work Kundera moves toward more universal and philosophically tinged themes, thus transforming himself from a political dissident into a writer of international significance.

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