Immortality by Milan Kundera

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His astute observations on topics ranging from the media to Ernest Hemingway in themselves render this work interesting and significant.
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A.novel, divided into seven parts and exploring immortality. This is the author's seventh novel. His previous works include "The Joke", "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". He has written one play, "Jacques and his Master".
 

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One of the foremost contemporary Czech writers, Kundera is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His play The Keeper of the Keys, produced in Czechoslovakia in 1962, has long been performed in a dozen countries. His first novel, The Joke (1967), is a biting satire on the political atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. It tells the story of a young Communist whose life is ruined because of a minor indiscretion: writing a postcard to his girlfriend in which he mocks her political fervor.The Joke has been translated into a dozen languages and was made into a film, which Kundera wrote and directed. His novel Life Is Elsewhere won the 1973 Prix de Medicis for the best foreign novel. Kundera has been living in France since 1975. His books, for a long time suppressed in his native country, are once again published.The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), won him international fame and was a successful English-language film. In this work Kundera moves toward more universal and philosophically tinged themes, thus transforming himself from a political dissident into a writer of international significance.
 
Published May 20, 1991 by Faber & Faber. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Agnes and her gesture have inspired a remarkably tender and wise story about love and death, but the novelist Kundera, gifted and original, might consider a separation from the philosopher Kundera, an often banal and intrusive heavy.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 01 2008

His astute observations on topics ranging from the media to Ernest Hemingway in themselves render this work interesting and significant.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Richard Eder on May 19 1991

The story is fragmentary, told in the writer's lovely and characteristically emotional syncopation...For all of "Immortality's" charm and intelligence, and its undercurrent of lament for passing time...it falls short of its predecessors. It has the same immortal longings, but Kundera has not given us mortals to carry them; only his own voice.

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London Review of Books

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Reviewed by Michael Wood on Jun 21 2008

Immortality is rather too winsome at times and dips too often into pop sociology, but it is also an extraordinarily rich and elegant and engaging work.

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