The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera audiobook

The Art of the Novel

By Milan Kundera
Translated from the French by Linda Asher
Read by Graeme Malcolm

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4.52 Hours Unabridged
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Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe. Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.

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Summary

Summary

Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe.

Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lucid, detached, and epigrammatic…The book has its author’s familiar swiftness and variety of attack, and his elegant, provocative irony.” New Yorker
“[Kundera] incites us to reflect on fiction and philosophy, knowledge, and trust, and brilliantly illustrates the art of the essay.” New Republic
“Strikingly original reflections crystallize his conviction that the modern novelist’s greatest asset is the wisdom of uncertainty.” Publishers Weekly
“Refreshing, unorthodox, valuable. Incandescent illumination by one of literature’s most important voices.” Kirkus Reviews

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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
Runtime: 4.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English