The Art of the Novel

The Art of the Novel

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The Art of the Novel by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060093747
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2003
Series: Perennial Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 655,319
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Milan Kundera is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

Hometown:

Paris, France

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1929

Place of Birth:

Brno, Czechoslovakia

Education:

Undergraduate degree in philosophy, Charles University, Prague, 1952

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