Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera audiobook

Life Is Elsewhere

By Milan Kundera
Translated by Aaron Asher
Read by Richmond Hoxie

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10.32 Hours Unabridged
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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile"!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.

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Summary

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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile"!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sly and merciless lampoon of revolutionary romanticism…Kundera commits some of the funniest literary savaging since Evelyn Waugh polished off Dickens in A Handful of Dust.” Time
“I will say no more about this lacerating book except to urge it upon all who care about literature in our difficult era.” Boston Globe
“Tender and unsparing…Life Is Elsewhere is a remarkable portrait of an artist as a young man.” Newsweek
“A remarkable book.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“Kundera’s intellectual panache, his endless ability to generate original ideas from the most archetypal human situations, ensures he is never less than stimulating.” Literary Review (London)

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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: 10.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English