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Ignorance (2000) [Novel]
by Milan Kundera Rating: Weighted - 7.6 / Average - 7.6 of 10 (5 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty 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? The truth is that after such a long absence "their memories no longer match." We always believe that our memories coincide with those of the person we loved, that we experienced the same thing. But this is just an illusion. Then again, what can we expect of our weak memory? It records only "an insignificant, minuscule particle" of the past, "and no one knows why it's this bit and not any other bit." We live our lives sunk in a vast forgetting, a fact we refuse to recognize. Only those who return after twenty years, like Odysseus returning to his native Ithaca, can be dazzled and astounded by observing the goddess of ignorance firsthand.

Original title: L'ignorance
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Ignorance

Ignorance (2002)
Awards: Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Linda Asher
  • "Moving … There is a painful injustice and inequality to memory, which these encounters beautifully illustrate." Boston Globe
  • "Erudite and playful...An impassioned account of the émigré as a character on the stage of European history." Maureen Howard, New York Times Book Review
  • "Literary excellence … [Kundera's] irony and wit are …on target, his characters vivid and convincing." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Milan's Kundera's resonant new novel Ignorance ….[is] wonderfully nuanced …. affecting." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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Manifested in:

Ignorance (September 30, 2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060002107
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 x 0.6
Pages: 208

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