|类型/形式：||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|描述：||viii, 168 p. ; 22 cm.|
|内容：||The consciousness of continuity --
Die Weltliteratur --
Getting into the soul of things --
What is a novelist? --
Aesthetics and existence --
The torn curtain --
The novel, memory, forgetting.
|责任：||Milan Kundera ; translated from the French by Linda Asher.|
"In this essay, Kundera sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. Too ofte, 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.