Testaments Betrayed

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Faber & Faber, 9. nˇv. 2020 - 288 sÝ­ur

Kundera's essay has been written like a novel. In the course of nine separate sections, the same characters meet and cross paths with each other. Stravinsky and Kafka with their odd friends Ansermet and Brod; Hemingway with his biographer; Janßcek with his little nation; and Rabelais with his heirs - the great novelists.

In the light of their wisdom this book examines some of the great situations of our time. The moral trial of the twentieth century's art, from Celine to Mayakovsky; the passage of time which blurs the boundaries between the 'I' of the present day and the 'I' of the past; modesty as an essential concept in an age based on the individual and indiscretion which, as it becomes the habit and the norm, heralds the twilight of individualism; the testaments, the betrayed testaments - of Europe, of art, of the art of the novel and of artists.

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Ums÷gn notanda  - rickstill122 - LibraryThing

Yes, with this book and Kundera's other essay collections "The Curtain" and "The Art of the Novel", one could absorb a knowledge of world literature- what it is, where it came from, where it is going ... Read full review

TESTAMENTS BETRAYED: An Essay in Nine Parts

Ums÷gn notanda  - Kirkus

Like a literary knight errant, Czech novelist Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984; Immortality, 1991; etc.) rescues the novel, admired novelists, and composers from the distortions and ... Read full review

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Um h÷fundinn (2020)

The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975.

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