Most widely held works about Milan Kundera
Most widely held works by Milan Kundera
The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera ( Book )
261 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 33 languages and held by 3,483 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.
Immortality by Milan Kundera ( Book )
127 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 24 languages and held by 2,365 libraries worldwide
Agnes, her husband Paul, her sister Laura, and a hedonist Rubens explore the themes of existence.
The book of laughter and forgetting by Milan Kundera ( Book )
173 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 25 languages and held by 2,292 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.
The art of the novel by Milan Kundera ( Book )
112 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 17 languages and held by 2,020 libraries worldwide
Le monde des théories n'est pas le mien.
The joke by Milan Kundera ( Book )
198 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in 26 languages and held by 1,954 libraries worldwide
Changes in contemporary Communist Czechoslovakia over a 15 year period.
Ignorance by Milan Kundera ( Book )
92 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 25 languages and held by 1,765 libraries worldwide
A man and woman enjoy a strange synchronicity when they meet upon returning to their homeland after two decades of exile and try to resume a relationship long in stasis.
Slowness by Milan Kundera ( Book )
91 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 24 languages and held by 1,761 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 )
99 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 25 languages and held by 1,487 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.
Laughable loves by Milan Kundera ( Book )
178 editions published between 1963 and 2009 in 28 languages and held by 1,433 libraries worldwide
"Milan Kundera is a master of graceful illusion and illuminating surprise. 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" -- back cover.
The farewell party by Milan Kundera ( Book )
149 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 25 languages and held by 1,390 libraries worldwide
Set in a Central European town, the story focuses on the interaction between eight characters: a pretty nurse, her repairman boyfriend, an oddball gynecologist, a rich American, a popular trumpeter and his obsessively jealous wife, and a former politicalprisoner and his young ward.
The curtain : an essay in seven parts by Milan Kundera ( Book )
35 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 15 languages and held by 1,316 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. Tolstoi͏̈, Goethe, etc.
Life is elsewhere by Milan Kundera ( Book )
111 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 24 languages and held by 1,263 libraries worldwide
L'auteur avait tout d'abord pensé intituler ce roman L'âge lyrique. L'âge lyrique, selon Kundera, c'est la jeunesse, et ce roman est avant tout une épopée de l'adolescence ; épopée ironique qui corrode tendrement les valeurs tabous : l'Enfance, la Maternité, la Révolution et même - la Poésie. En effet, Jaromil est poète. C'est sa mère qui l'a fait poète et qui l'accompagne (immatériellement) jusqu'à ses lits d'amour et (matériellement) jusqu'à son lit de mort. Personnage ridicule et touchant, horrible et d'une innocence totale ("l'innocence avec son sourire sanglant" !), Jaromil est en même temps un vrai poète. Il n'est pas salaud, il est Rimbaud. Rimbaud pris au piège de la révolution communiste, pris au piège d'une farce noire. -- Back cover.
Testaments betrayed : an essay in nine parts by Milan Kundera ( Book )
65 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in 18 languages and held by 1,107 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Encounter by Milan Kundera ( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 830 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.
Jacques and his master : an homage to Diderot in three acts by Milan Kundera ( Book )
77 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 17 languages and held by 784 libraries worldwide
""Cette pièce est ma forme à moi.
Bacon, portraits and self-portraits by Francis Bacon ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in German and English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Žert The joke ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in Czech and Japanese and held by 201 libraries worldwide
Set in Stalinist Czechoslovakia during the 1950s, this tragicomedy revolves around the consequences of a single joke: a young man is expelled from university and the Communist party and sentenced to six years hard labor for an irreverent postcard he sends to a lady friend. This leaves him cynical, bitter, and out for revenge.
La vie est ailleurs by Milan Kundera ( Book )
28 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 134 libraries worldwide
Second volet d'une trilogie commencée par "La plaisanterie" et qui s'achève avec "La valse des adieux". Prix Médicis étranger 1973. Le héros est une sorte de Rimbaud "materné", médiocre aussi bien dans le rôle de bourreau que de victime, pris au piège de la "révolution" communiste. Postface, p. 397-405, écrite en 1978 (Lire Kundera c'est adopter le point de vue de Satan sur toute connaissance: politique, amour, histoire, poésie). Oeuvre majeure.
Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins Roman by Milan Kundera ( Book )
51 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Der Abschiedswalzer by Milan Kundera ( Book )
18 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 70 libraries worldwide
Schauplatz von Kunderas ebenso bösem wie amüsantem Roman über menschliche Leidenschaften, Eitelkeiten und Tragödien ist ein kleiner Badeort, von dessen Quellen Frauen Fruchtbarkeit erhoffen.
Adultery Bacon, Francis,--1909-1992 Bibliography Black humor Criticism, interpretation, etc. Czech fiction Czech literature Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Drama Drama Emigration and immigration Europe, Central European fiction Exile (Punishment) Exiles Feature films Fiction Fiction Fiction--Technique France French fiction Grass, Günter,--1927- Health resorts Identity (Psychology) Irony Kjærstad, Jan,--1953- Kundera, Milan Large type books Literature Literature, Modern Literature--Philosophy Love stories Love stories Manners and customs Man-woman relationships Memory Mothers and sons Music--Instruction and study Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich,--1899-1977 Painting--Appreciation Rushdie, Salman Self-perception Self-portraits Short stories, Czech Surgeons Technique Time travel Translations Women
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