The Art of the Novel

The Art of the Novel

Book - 1988
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Every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is. I have tried to express here the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels. -- Milan Kundera Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe. Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1988
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802100115
0802100112
Call Number: 809.3 K962a
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 24, 2014

Czech-French novelist Milan Kundera, who somehow has not won the Nobel Prize, will be on any discerning reader's shortlist of greatest living writers, even if his recent work (the slim novels "Slowness" and "Identity") has been underwhelming. This companion piece to his non-fiction book "Testaments Betrayed" shares its title with a Henry James book and is a compilation of lectures, interviews and and essays, all focused on the novel (duh). Kundera is always incisive, lucid and quotable and shows almost no interest in American writers. It's probably more rewarding if you've read some of his fiction first.

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