A heady, existential tale of seduction and romance by the author of modern classic The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
'An artist, clearly one of the best to be found anywhere.' Salman Rushdie
Slowness was Kundera's first novel written in French. Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows him through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated in time by more than two hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and ridiculous.
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.
As Kundera's readers would expect, Slowness is at the same time a formidable display of existential analysis. Slowness (and rapidity), discretion (and exhibitionism) are the principal concepts, and those which are to the reader like vital keys for understanding life in our contemporary world.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 115 g
Dimensions: 198 x 125 x 9 mm
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