There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with, in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own. This also happens with couples--indeed, above all with couples, because lovers fear more than anything else "losing sight" of... show more
There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with, in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own. This also happens with couples--indeed, above all with couples, because lovers fear more than anything else "losing sight" of the loved one. With stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment, Milan Kundera has made this situation--and the vague sense of panic it inspires--the very fabric of his new novel. Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity, and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly crosses the border between the real and the unreal, between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitude. Of all contemporary writers, only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel, one of his finest, most painful, and most enlightening. Which, surprisingly, turns out to be a love story.
Publish date: April 21st 1999
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 168
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, French Literature
, Czech Literature
One day, as Jean-Marc looks for Chantal, he briefly mistakes another woman for her. Upon closer inspection, he realizes that this other woman looks considerably older than Chantal. But once he does locate the real Chantal, he is struck by how her actual age is beginning to catch up with her. He i...
This is a story about multiple, or rather, varied identities -- the kind that wears masks to suit different settings and circumstances. The fluidity of such an identity is subject to perversion, in that it is shaped, more often than not, by how one wants to be perceived by others. This a somewhat vo...
3.5So far this is undoubtedly one of the strangest book I have ever read, with a rather peculiar cover and title! However reading this book was like watching an illusionary painting or a mirage may be. The story of two lovers Chantal and Jean-Marc appears to be lucid, simple but its rather bizarre a...
A bit too philosophical for my taste, but I might get back to it one day.
I first came across Mr. Kundera when I watched the movie - The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was such a profound and moving movie for me I had to read another book of his. This one is another tormented story which is sad for me. I enjoyed it.