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Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the (1978) [Novel]
by Milan Kundera Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.1 of 10 (7 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Rich in its stories, character, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970's. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced. This new translation, approved by the author, gives fresh luster to this great work.

Original title: Kniha smíchu a zapomn?ní
Original languages: Czech


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Magical Realist Fiction (1984) [Anthology]
      Authors: William Faulkner , Henry James , Franz Kafka , Milan Kundera , D. H. Lawrence , Leo Tolstoy , Virginia Woolf , Thomas Mann , Octavio Paz , Eudora Welty , John Cheever , Donald Barthelme , Gabriel García Márquez , Vladimir Nabokov , Julio Cortázar , Italo Calvino , Jorge Luis Borges , Rainer Maria Rilke , Nikolai Gogol , Isaac Babel , Clarice Lispector , Carlos Fuentes , Hugo von Hofmannsthal , Tommaso Landolfi , Bruno Schulz , Alfonso Reyes , Henri Michaux , Elizabeth Bishop , Yuri Olesha , Osip Mandelstam , María Luisa Bombal , Aníbal Monteiro Machado , Vjekoslav Kaleb , Alejo Carpentier

Edition #1: Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the

Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the (1996)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Aaron Asher
  • "This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and origin, written with the purity and wit that invite us directly in." John Updike, New York Times Book Review
  • "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius." John Leonard, New York Times
  • "An absolutely dazzling entertainment....Arousing on every levelpolitical, erotic, intellectual, and above all, humorous." Newsweek
  • "Deeply and impressively subversive, in more ways than one....Kundera's condemnation of modern life is broad, but his sympathy for those who create and suffer it is deep." Paul Gray, Time
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Manifested in:

Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the (April 7, 1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060932147
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8 x 0.9
Pages: 320

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