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Kundera, Milan

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The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera( Book )

472 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 22 languages and held by 5,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in a sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart
The joke by Milan Kundera( Book )

365 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in 20 languages and held by 3,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about changes in contemporary Communist Czechoslovakia over a 15 year period
The book of laughter and forgetting by Milan Kundera( Book )

197 editions published between 1978 and 2019 in 13 languages and held by 3,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the seven connected sections of this ... novel, different facets of the human comedy are maginified and reduced, reordered and undelrined. We meet seemingly disparate characters: a lonely waitress in exile in a foreign country trying to retrive her left-behind diaries fromher vengeful and senile mother-in-law ... a student who gives up the promise of consummation with a long-pursued mistress for an evenign with a group of poets discussing love ... a borrowed fur cap on the head of a Czech Communist Party hero, all that remains officially of its otherwise expunged and obliterated owner ... two Americn students at a European summer school who, giving an oral report on Ionesco, ascend to heaven ... a flock of ostriches in a zoo who comment profoundly on the nature of writers ... But all of tehm come together in unexpected combinations and unsuspected disguises. And Kundera himself ... appears not only as the author but also as a character in his own fiction, and his autobiography becomes the political history of postwar Czechoslovakia"--Cover
Immortality by Milan Kundera( Book )

150 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 15 languages and held by 2,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agnes, her husband Paul, her sister Laura, and a hedonist Rubens explore the themes of existence
Ignorance by Milan Kundera( Book )

140 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 2,209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their Czech homeland, which they had abandoned 20 years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history?
Laughable loves by Milan Kundera( Book )

276 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 21 languages and held by 2,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In one of these stories a young man and his girlfriend pretend that she is a stranger he picked up on the road - only to become strangers to each other in reality as their game proceeds. In another a teacher fakes piety in order to seduce a devout girl, then jilts her and yearns for God. In yet another girls wait in bars, on beaches, and on station platforms for the same lover, a middle-aged Don Juan who has gone home to his wife. Games, fantasies, and schemes abound in all the stories while different characters react in varying ways to the sudden release of erotic impulses."--Publisher description
The farewell party by Milan Kundera( Book )

248 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 2,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klima, a famous jazz trumpeter receives a phone call from a young nurse with whom he spent a brief night. She tells him she is pregnant and that he is the father of the unborn child. So begins a chain of events which unfolds over the next five days. Klima's beautiful jealous wife, the nurse's jealous boyfriend, a fanatical gynaecologist, a rich American and an elderly political prisoner who is holding a farewell party are all drawn into this black comedy
Slowness by Milan Kundera( Book )

124 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 18 languages and held by 2,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the theme that the pleasure inherent in a slower rhythm of life has disappeared from our speed-obsessed age. The protagonists are two men, one who has a romance in the 18th Century, the other in the 20th Century. Subsequently, they meet for a morning-after chat. By the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Identity by Milan Kundera( Book )

158 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 21 languages and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on a woman who suffers from lack of male attention. On receiving letters from an anonymous admirer, she attributes them to various individuals and fantasizes romances with them
Life is elsewhere by Milan Kundera( Book )

224 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 15 languages and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Czech whose mother has molded him into a poet becomes the people's literary hero during a Communist rally in 1948
The curtain : an essay in seven parts by Milan Kundera( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this essay, Kundera sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. Too often, he suggests, a novel is thought about only within the confines of the language and nation of its origin, when in fact the novel's development has always occurred across borders"--Inside cover
The festival of insignificance : a novel by Milan Kundera( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An enchanting new novel from one of the most distinguished writers of our time, an altogether serious comedy that is the synthesis and culmination of his oeuvre"--
Testaments betrayed : an essay in nine parts by Milan Kundera( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Testaments Betrayed is written like a novel: the same characters appear and reappear throughout the nine parts of the book, as do the principal themes that preoccupy the author. Kundera once again celebrates the art of the novel, from its birth in a spirit of humor unique to European culture and sensibility - illustrated by some wonderful examples from the work of Rabelais and Cervantes - through its flowering in successive centuries. He notes the novel's mysterious kinship with music and the parallel (but not simultaneous) evolution of the two arts in the West, as well as the particular wisdom the novel offers about human existence." "The art of translation is the subject of one part of the book, illuminating the significance of its title. Kundera is a passionate defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due a work of art and its creator's wishes. The betrayal of both - often by their most passionate proponents - is on the principal themes of Testaments Betrayed." "Testaments Betrayed is a book rich in ideas about the time in which we live and how we have become who we are, about Western culture in general. It is also a personal essay, in which Kunder discusses the experience of exile - and an impassioned attack on the shifting moral judgements and persecutions of art and artist."--Jacket
Encounter by Milan Kundera( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milan Kundera's new collection of essays is a passionate defense of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty. Art is what we possess in the face of evil and the darker side of human nature. With the same mix of emotion and idea that characterizes his novels, Kundera revisits the artists who remain important to him and whose works help us better understand the world we live in and what it means to be human. An astute reader of fiction, Kundera brings his extraordinary critical gifts to bear on the paintings of Francis Bacon, the music of Leoš Janáček, and the films of Federico Fellini, as well as the novels of Philip Roth, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. He also seeks to restore to its rightful place the work of Anatole France and Curzio Malaparte, major writers who have fallen into obscurity. --From publisher description
The art of the novel by Milan Kundera( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and Chinese and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is," Kundera writes. "I have tried to express here the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels." 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 "perhaps the least known of all the great novelists of our time," 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 postpsychological novel. His reflections on the state of the modern European novel are as witty, original, and far-reaching as his fiction. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
The festival of insignificance : a novel by Milan Kundera( Book )

42 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four friends in contemporary Paris who encounter one another at parties and at the Luxembourg Gardens and talk about sex, history, art, politics, and the meaning of life
Jacques and his master : an homage to Diderot in three acts by Milan Kundera( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera( Recording )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman obsessed with a man torn between his love for her and his womanizing; one of his mistresses and her faithful lover--these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel
Le rideau : essai en sept parties by Milan Kundera( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Par opposition à toute théorisation sans pratique de l'écriture, M. Kundera se penche sur les réflexions de romanciers sur le roman : H. Fielding, L. Tolstoï, Goethe, etc
L'art du roman : essai by Milan Kundera( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitué de conférences, d'articles et d'entretiens, cet essai est centré sur les rapports que Kundera entretient avec ses propres romans autant que sur l'art du roman européen en général. Kundera affirme, dans l'avant-propos, qu'il n'a pas la moindre ambition théorique et que son livre est la "confession d'un praticien". De très bons chapitres sur Cervantes, Flaubert, Broch et Kafka. En appendice, l'auteur recense en 71 mots-clés les "difficultés et éblouissements qu'ont occasionnés les traductions de ses livres en de nombreuses langues" (B. Poirot-Delpech), p. 149-187. Premier choix
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Alternative Names
Kchuntela, Millan 1929-

Kountera, Milan

Kountera, Milan, 1929-

kun de la, mi lan

Kun de la, Mi lan 1929-

Kundela, Milan.

Kundela, Milan 1929-

Kundera M.

Kundera, M. 1929-

Kundera, Michał.

Kundera, Michał (1929-)

Kundera Milan

Kundēra, Milan, 1929-

Kundera Milanas

Kundera, Milans 1929-

K'undera, Millan

K'undera, Millan 1929-

Kundera, Miran 1929-

Kūndīrā, Mīlān 1929-

Mi lan Kun de la

Mi lan Kun de la 1929-

Mī-làng Kŭng-dáik-lá


Milan-Kundela 1929-

Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera ĉeĥa kaj franca verkisto

Milan Kundera český básník, dramatik a romanopisec

Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature

Milan Kundera czeski pisarz, eseista

Milan Kundera écrivain franco-tchèque

Milan Kundera francia nyelven publikáló cseh regényíró, drámaíró, költő, esszéista

Milan Kundera Frans schrijver

Milan Kundera scrittore, saggista e poeta cecoslovacco

Milan Kundera skrivagner gallek

Milan Kundera tjeckisk författare

Milan Kundera tschechischer Schriftsteller

Milan Kundera tšekkiläis-ranskalainen kirjailija

Milanas Kundera

Milans Kundera

Μίλαν Κούντερα Τσέχος συγγραφέας

Кундера М.

Кундера Милан

Кундера, Милан 1929-

Милан Кундера

Милан Кундера чешский писатель-прозаик

Мілан Кундера

Мілан Кундэра

Կունդերա, Միլան, 1929-

Միլան Գունտերա

Միլան Կունդերա

Միլան Կունդերա ֆրանսիացի գրող

מילן קונדרה

קונדרה, מילן

קונדרה, מילן 1929-

كونتيرا، ميلان، 1929-

كوندرا، ميلان

كونديرا، ميلان، 1929-

ملان کوندەرا

ميلان كونديرا

ميلان كونديرا روائي فانتازيا

ميلان کونديرا

میلان کوندرا

میلان کوندێرا

मिलान कुंदेरा

মিলান কুন্ডেরা

ਮਿਲਾਨ ਕੁੰਦਰਾ

മിലാൻ കുന്ദേര

มิลาน คุนเดอรา

მილან კუნდერა

밀란 쿤데라

쿤데라, 밀란 1929-

クンデラ, ミラン


昆德拉, 米兰

昆德拉, 米蘭 1929-


米蘭·昆德拉 1929-