Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera audiobook

Farewell Waltz: A Novel

By Milan Kundera
Read by Richmond Hoxie

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7.27 Hours Unabridged
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In this dark farce of a novel, set in an old-fashioned Central European spa town, eight characters are swept up in an accelerating dance: a pretty nurse and her repairman boyfriend; an oddball gynecologist; a rich American (at once saint and Don Juan); a popular trumpeter and his beautiful, obsessively jealous wife; an disillusioned former political prisoner about to leave his country and his young woman ward.Perhaps the most brilliantly plotted and sheer entertaining of Milan Kundera's novels, Farewell Waltz poses the most serious questions with a blasphemous lightness that makes us see that the modern world has deprived us even of the right to tragedy. Written in Bohemia in 1969-70, this book was first published (in 1976) in France under the title La valse aux adieux (Farewell Waltz), and later in thirty-four other countries. This beautiful new translation, made from the French text prepared by the novelist himself, fully reflects his own tone and intentions. As such it offers an opportunity for both the discovery and the rediscovery of one of the very best of a great writer's works.

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In this dark farce of a novel, set in an old-fashioned Central European spa town, eight characters are swept up in an accelerating dance: a pretty nurse and her repairman boyfriend; an oddball gynecologist; a rich American (at once saint and Don Juan); a popular trumpeter and his beautiful, obsessively jealous wife; an disillusioned former political prisoner about to leave his country and his young woman ward.Perhaps the most brilliantly plotted and sheer entertaining of Milan Kundera's novels, Farewell Waltz poses the most serious questions with a blasphemous lightness that makes us see that the modern world has deprived us even of the right to tragedy.

Written in Bohemia in 1969-70, this book was first published (in 1976) in France under the title La valse aux adieux (Farewell Waltz), and later in thirty-four other countries. This beautiful new translation, made from the French text prepared by the novelist himself, fully reflects his own tone and intentions. As such it offers an opportunity for both the discovery and the rediscovery of one of the very best of a great writer's works.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kundera remains faithful to this subtle, wily, devious talent for a fiction of ‘erotic possibilities.’” New York Times Book Review
Farewell Waltz shocks. Black humor. Farcical ferocity. Admirably tender portraits of women.” Le Point (Paris)
“After Farewell Waltz there cannot be any doubt, Kundera is a master of contemporary literature. This novel is both an example of virtuosity and a descent into the human soul.” L’Unité (Paris)
“Kundera’s delightful but powerful novel proves endlessly entertaining…Hoxie’s characters are well developed and expertly realized. It seems there is no vocal interpretation he’s not up for and does not ably execute…Kundera’s characters are each as original and entertaining as the next, and Hoxie stretches and exercises his voice to masterly capture them all. This is an enchanting performance that demands repeated listening.” Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)
“It is hard to imagine anything more chilling and profound than Kundera’s apparent lightheartedness.” Elizabeth Pochoda

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Author

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: 7.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English