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The Art of the Novel (Perennial Classics)

The Art of the Novel (Perennial Classics)
Author: Milan Kundera
ISBN 13: 9780060093747
ISBN 10: 60093749
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $13.99

The noted author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1982) collects seven essays written between 1979 and 1985 on his conception of the novel. Kundera's themes range from Cervantes as the forgotten founder of the Modern Era, to the roles of novelists vs. philosophers. The first Perennial Library edition appeared in 1988; originally published in French in 1986 as L'Art du roman by Editions Gallimard. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Publishers Weekly

A novelist who writes eloquently about the wrenching dislocations of history, Kundera explains that his fictions use historical circumstances only to thrust his characters into a ``revelatory existential situation.'' The Czech writer (The Joke, Laughable Loves) draws lessons from Cervantes, who saw the world as a welter of contradictory truths, and from Kafka, who recognized that pure irrationality held center stage. In essays and dialogues, he discusses novelists whose works are sorely neglected (Broch, Diderot) and more familiar writers like Tolstoy, Flaubert, Musil and Sterne. He presents a 62-word glossary of key words to aid readers of his own novels (``Betrayal . . . Breaking ranks and going off into the unknown''). His strikingly original reflections crystallize his conviction that the modern novelist's greatest asset is the wisdom of uncertainty. (March)