Life Is Elsewhere

Author: Milan Kundera; Aaron Asher (Translator)
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  • : $19.99(AUD)
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  • : 9780571197774
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
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  • : September 2000
  • : 197mm X 127mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : 23.95
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  • : Modern fiction
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  • : Milan Kundera; Aaron Asher (Translator)
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  • : 891.8/6354
  • : English
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  • : New edition
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Barcode 9780571197774
9780571197774

Description

The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile" ), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.