Friday 8 January 2016

Book Review: Immortality by Milan Kundera

Title: Immortality
Author: Milan Kundera
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 1992 (1990)
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction

Source: Xmas Gift

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Milan Kundera's sixth novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman to her swimming instructor, a gesture that cre-ates a character in the mind of a writer named Kundera. Like Flaubert's Emma or Tolstoy's Anna, Kundera's Agn├Ęs 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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Once again a wonderful novel from Milan Kundera. Immortality is like all his works in that his novels always fill me with a sense of awe, because it seems as if he's speaking to me personally; as if knows my deepest emotions and desires. He has an amazing understanding of the human condition and is able to state it so simply and directly. I couldn't put this book down and I look forward to the next. I am gradually making my way through all his works and I know I'll be sad once I am up to date and there is nothing new to read.

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