Milan Kundera's lightest novel, a divertimento, an opera buffa, Slowness is also the first of this author's fictional works to have been written in French. Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator of Slowness through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction,... show more
Milan Kundera's lightest novel, a divertimento, an opera buffa, Slowness is also the first of this author's fictional works to have been written in French. Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator of Slowness through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated by more than two hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic. Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life: about the secret bond between slowness and memory, about the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed. And about "dancers" possessed by the passion to be seen, for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy.
Publish date: April 11th 1997
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 156
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Czech Literature
Okay, cards on the table time... I'd read the three books for which Milan Kundera is best known - 'The Joke', 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting' and 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' - and I loved them all. In fact, I'd just re-read TULOB again and was as impressed and immersed as last time, th...
My rating is probably out of bounds. I don't know. I just remember a sense of calm which I often get reading Kundera. He starts off with a motorcycle chase as a metaphor for regrettable speed in life and it somehow predicted the events of Princess Diana's death not long after I'd read it.
Zanimljivo, ponešto nerazrađeno i kratko.
About all I recall about this slightest of Kundera's novels is that it made me want to read Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
"'lentoarea' este martutia unui spectator consternat, dar nu lipsit de reactie in fata narcisismului gaunos si ridicol al 'balerinilor' [concept inventat de kundera si susceptibil de a face scoala] de pe scena occidentala a zilelor noastre."cum defineste kundera 'balerinul': "toti oamenii politici d...