Faber & Faber, 1996 - 280 sÝur
In the light of their wisdom this book examines some of the great situations of our time. The moral trial of the 20th 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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LibraryThing ReviewUms÷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 PartsUms÷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