The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 04/01/2003

The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 04/01/2003

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About the Book

“Lucid, detached, and epigrammatic …The book has its author’s familiar swiftness and variety of attack and his elegant, provocative irony.”— The New Yorker

"Every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is. I have tried to express the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels." — Milan Kundera

Kundera examines the evolution, construction, and essence of the novel as an art form through the lens of his own work and through the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Musil, Kafka, and perhaps the least known of all the great novelists of our time, Hermann Broch.

As witty, original, and far-reaching as his unique fiction, Kundera offers his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, the creation of character in the postpsychological novel and his reflections on the state of the modern European novel.

Critical Praise

“Lucid, detached, and epigrammatic …The book has its author’s familiar swiftness and variety of attack and his elegant, provocative irony.” — The New Yorker

“Incites us to reflect on fiction and philosophy, knowledge and truth, and brilliantly illustrates the art of the essay.” — The New Republic

“Highly readable, provocative, and of inspirational force.” — Anthony Burgess

“Kundera writes with wisdom and force.” — The Village Voice

“Refreshing, unorthodox, valuable. Incandescent illumination by one of literature’s most important voices.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060093747
  • ISBN 10: 0060093749
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • On Sale: 04/01/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Fiction Writing
  • BISAC2 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Academic & Scholarly
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading

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