Critical Essays on Milan Kundera

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Contains critical reviews, interviews, and essays, some new and some previously published, on this 20th-century Czech writer. The essays represent a mixture that ranges from brief but informative articles to close textual readings, by both Eastern European and Western contributors. Themes discussed include Kundera's post-structuralist narrative, his presence as author and persona in his work, his role as a dissident, and his "canonization" after publication of . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Introduction 1
A Review of Life Is Elsewhere and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting 15
Overlapping Delusions 18
Czech Angels [Review of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting] 21
Four Characters under Two Tyrannies: The Unbearable Lightness of Being 26
Milan Kundera Interview 33
Journey into the Maze: An Interview with Milan Kundera 45
Conversations with Milan Kundera 53
Conversation with Milan Kundera on the Art of the Novel 69
Open Letters
Between East and West: A Letter to Milan Kundera 83
An Open Letter to Milan Kundera 106
Articles and Essays
Kunderian Paradoxes 119
"Narrative symposium" in Milan Kundera's The Joke 125
Milan Kundera, and the Idea of the Author in Modern Criticism 137
Genre and Paradigm in Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting 151
Kundera's Quartet (On The Unbearable Lightness of Being) 184
Satan's Point of View: Towards a Reading of Life Is Elsewhere 193
The Ambiguities of Milan Kundera 198
Milan Kundera's Central Europe 210
Seeing through the Opposition: Kundera, Deconstruction, and Feminism: Immortality 217
A Body of One's Own: The Body as Sanctum of Individual Integrity in Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being 231
Kundera's Sacred Cows and Betes Noires 242
The Art of Bufoonery: The Czech Joke a la Commedia dell'arte Style in Kundera's French Novel Slowness 255
Nostalgia con Brio: Kundera's Slowness 264
Selected Bibliography 285
Index 287
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