Slowness

A Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 04/11/1997

Slowness

A Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 04/11/1997

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About the Book

"Irresistible. . . . Slowness is an ode to sensuous leisure, to the enjoyment of pleasure rather than just the search for it." — Mirabella

Milan Kundera's lightest novel, a divertimento, an opera buffa, Slowness is also the first of this author's fictional works to have been written in French.

Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator of Slowness through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated by more than two hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic.

Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life: about the secret bond between slowness and memory, about the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed. And about "dancers" possessed by the passion to be seen, for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy.

Critical Praise

"Irresistible. . . . Slowness is an ode to sensuous leisure, to the enjoyment of pleasure rather than just the search for it." — Mirabella

"Audacity, wit, and sheer brilliance." — New York Times Book Review

"Paradoxically, Slowness. . . is the fastest paced of Kundera's novels as well as the most accessible." — Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060928414
  • ISBN 10: 0060928417
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/11/1997
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Romance / General
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Satire
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC6 : FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
  • BISAC7 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Eastern (see also Russian & Former Soviet Union)
  • BISAC8 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC9 : FICTION / World Literature / Czech Republic
  • BISAC10 : FICTION / World Literature / Europe (General)
  • BISAC11 : FICTION / Humorous / General

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