Slowness by Milan Kundera audiobook

Slowness: A Novel

By Milan Kundera
Translated from the French by Linda Asher
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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.

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Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Audacity, wit, and sheer brilliance.” New York Times Book Review
Slowness resonates with a profound meditation on contemporary life, the secret bond between slowness and memory, the connection between our era’s desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Kundera’s latest  is a scintillating jeu d’esprit, as coolly elegant and casually brutal as the eighteenth-century French arts to which the text pays tribute.” Publishers Weekly
“Kundera explores the predicament we’ve gotten ourselves into in our haste to live, to get things done, to move from one place to the next, to devour without experiencing…The story is utterly fascinating, the characters are memorable, and the ‘moral’ is indelibly communicated.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Milan Kundera

Author Bio: Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera, the Franco-Czech novelist, was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, for more than twenty years. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, The Farewell Party, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, as well as the short story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. Like Slowness, his two earlier nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English