Testaments Betrayed

An Essay in Nine Parts

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 06/27/2023

Testaments Betrayed

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Testaments Betrayed

An Essay in Nine Parts

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 06/27/2023

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About the Book

"A defense of fiction and a lesson in the art of reading."New York Times Book Review

"Testaments Betrayed is to be savored paragraph by paragraph. . . . It must be purchased, read, pondered, and argued within the margins. And frequently reread." — Washington Post

A brilliant and thought-provoking essay from one of the twentieth century’s masters of fiction, Testaments Betrayed is written like a novel: the same characters appear and reappear throughout the nine parts of the book, as do the principal themes that preoccupy the author. Kundera is a passionate defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due a work of art and its creator’s wishes. The betrayal of both—often by their most passionate proponents—is one of the key ideas that informs this strikingly original and elegant book.

Critical Praise

"A fascinating idiosyncratic meditation on the moral necessity of preserving the artist's work from destructive appraisal. . . . One reads this book to come in contact with one of the most stimulating minds of our era." — Boston Globe

"A defense of fiction and a lesson in the art of reading." — New York Times Book Review

"A feast of ideas. . . a passionate statement of faith in artistic modes of perception." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Testaments Betrayed is to be savored paragraph by paragraph. . . . It must be purchased, read, pondered, and argued within the margins. And frequently reread." — Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063290945
  • ISBN 10: 0063290944
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 06/27/2023
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price:11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC2 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Eastern (see also Russian & Former Soviet Union)
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics

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