At a glance:
- Author: Milan Kundera
- First Published: 1990
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: The 1980’s and the early nineteenth century
- Setting: Chiefly Paris and Germany
- Characters: Agnes, Paul, Laura, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Bettina Von Arnim, Rubens, Professor Avenarius, Milan Kundera
- Genres: Long fiction, Metafiction
- Subjects: Freedom, Ideology, Twentieth century, Immortality, Self, Nineteenth century, 1980's
- Locales: Paris, France, Germany
Since the publication of his first novel, The Joke (1967), in Czechoslovakia in the heady and short-lived days of the Prague Spring, when it seemed that Eastern European socialism could wear not only a human face but a humorous one as well, Milan Kundera has repeatedly surpassed himself as one of the twentieth century’s most interesting novelists, outstripping his critics’ efforts to keep his fiction within carefully defined aesthetic and political boundaries. Like The Joke, even the relatively circumscribed novels Life Is Elsewhere (1973) and The...
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