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AGNES'S FINAL AFTERNOON An Essay On The Work Of Milan Kundera Paperback – 2003

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571219799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571219797
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,523,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This text imitates the protagonist, Agnes, of Kundera's novel "Immortality". Like all readers of fiction, Agnes steps out of the car, out of the world of planned routines, responsibilities and social self, and gives herself up to the discovery of a new landscape, an experience that will transform her. Frencois Ricard's essay enters into the writings of Milan Kundera in much the same way. The landscape he explores includes a chain of ten novels, comprised between 1959 and 2999 - "Agnes's Final Afternoon" takes us through the themes and characters of the novels and innovations that stretch the boundaries of the form to breaking point.

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Before we turn, along with her, toward the spectacle of the mountains, let's linger a little longer over that very first moment, when Agnes leaves her car and gazes at the landscape. Read the first page
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If you love Kundera and the fate of the novel Dec 27 2007
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If you love Kundera and have read at least a few of his books, this literary review will help you grasp the depth of Kundera's works and help you understand why his novels are so revolutonary and enjoyable. Kundera's literary goal, as described by Richard, is nothing short of reinventing the novel as a contemporary art form and free from linear storytelling. Richard sees what Kundera is all about -- we, as readers, sense Kundera's vision but Richard really puts it in clear, simple focus. His description of the Kundera hero, someone who doesn't give up but simply stops playing the game, is worth the price of the book. Again, if you love Kundera and sense what he's all about, this book puts into clear prose exactly what makes Kundera unparalleled among the ranks of contemporary novelists.

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