Title: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1980
Book Condition: Very Good+
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First American Edition.
Cloth-backed paper over boards; illustrated dust jacket. Some light rubbing and sunning along the edges; a few instances of pencilled marginalia. Dust jacket just a little wrinkled along the edges, with a few small closed tears here and there; VG+ overall, presents very nicely in mylar. Review copy, with publisher's slip laid-in. Bookseller Inventory # JC5057
Synopsis: A vivid mix of fictional autobiography and myth examines the human condition through five uniquely integrated parts, humorously and movingly depicting the political, erotic, and intellectual facets of modern life. Reissue. NYT.
Review: In one of the finer modern ironies of the life-imitates-art sort, the country that Kundera seemed to be writing about when he talked about Czechoslovakia is, thanks to the latest political redefinitions, no longer precisely there. This kind of disappearance and reappearance is, partly, what Kundera explores in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. In this polymorphous work -- now a novel, now autobiography, now a philosophical treatise -- Kundera discusses life, music, sex, philosophy, literature and politics in ways that are rarely politically correct, never classifiable but always original, entertaining and definitely brilliant.
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