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Identity (1996) [Novel]
by Milan Kundera Rating: Weighted - 7.8 / Average - 7.8 of 10 (8 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with, in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own. This also happens with couples--indeed, above all with couples, because lovers fear more than anything else "losing sight" of the loved one.

With stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment, Milan Kundera has made this situation--and the vague sense of panic it inspires--the very fabric of his new novel. Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity, and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly crosses the border between the real and the unreal, between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitude.

Of all contemporary writers, only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel, one of his finest, most painful, and most enlightening. Which, surprisingly, turns out to be a love story.

Original title: L'identité
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Identity

Identity (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Linda Asher
  • "Curiously absorbing, with a melancholy charm." Wall Street Journal
  • "Kundera lucidly discloses the psychological obsessions of the two lovers and shows how these obsessions lead to repeated miscommunications between them." The New York Times Book Review, Robert Grudin
  • "The novel is full of expressions of the paradoxical feelings so typical of Kundera's longer, more expansive novels.... Identity remains the most compact and integrated of his recent fictions. In its brevity and unity of plot it surpasses even his previous book, Slowness..." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
  • "Its allegory of love left me shivering with an ambiguous, indefinable,yet strong sense of evil." Washington Post Book World
  • "[Kundera's] way of imagining himself into the minds of women in a state of love and desire is remarkable." Boston Globe
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Manifested in:

Identity (April 21, 1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060930314
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.8 x 0.5 in
Pages: 176

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