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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Kundera, Milan; Heim, Michael Henry (trans.)

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ISBN 10: 0394508963 / ISBN 13: 9780394508962
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1980
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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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

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Title: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First American Edition.

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Synopsis:

Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. 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.

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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