9780060932381

Immortality

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060932381

  • ISBN10:

    0060932384

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/4/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Milan Kundera's sixth novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman to her swimming instructor, a gesture that creates a character in the mind of a writer named Kundera.

Like Flaubert's Emma or Tolstoy's Anna, Kundera's Agnes becomes an object of fascination, of indefinable longing. From that character springs a novel, a gesture of the imagination that both embodies and articulates Milan Kundera's supreme mastery of the novel and its purpose; to explore thoroughly the great, themes of existence.

"Brilliantly mordant...beautifully translated...strong and mesmerizing."- New York Times

"Ingenious witty provocative and formidably intelligent, both a pleasure and a challenge to the reader." -Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Inspired Kundera's most brilliantly imagined novel...A book that entrances, beguiles and charms us from first page to last." - Susan Miron, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Inspired Kundera's most brilliantly imagined novel...A book that entrances, beguiles and charms us from first page to last." - Susan Miron, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Table of Contents

PART ONE The face
PART TWO Immortality
PART THREE Fighting
The sisters
Dark glasses
The body
Addition and subtraction
Older woman, younger man The Eleventh Commandment
Imagology The brilliant ally of his own gravediggers A complete ass
The cat The gesture of protest against a violation of human rights To be absolutely modern
To be a victim of one's fame Fighting
Professor Avenarius
The body The gesture of longing for immortality
Ambiguity The clairvoyant
Suicide
Dark glasses
PART FOUR Homo sentimentalis
PART FIVE Chance
PART SIX The dial
PART SEVEN The celebration

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Stephen J. Whale June 12, 2011
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What an influential and meaningful textbook to read, explains the desire of immortality, and the different ways people take to reach the unreachable. In Immortality, Kundera creates characters with highly contrasting religious beliefs in immortality. A textbook very well written captures all your attention. If you like straightforward books with straightforward plots, straightforward characters and straightforward beginnings, storylines and conclusions, this textbook may not for you.
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