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Shelves: favorites , classical-music , read-and-reread , essays , lit-criticism , mitteleuropa Kundera begins with a riff on Rabelais and leads us on a wild tour of European literature from Cervantes to Gombrowicz, with special attention to authors that I love including Musil and Broch.
I found his continual focus on the ideas of literature attractive enough; but he assays music as well including a wonderful chapter on Janacek. He loves the fact that the early novelists, such Kundera begins with a riff on Rabelais and leads us on a wild tour of European literature from Cervantes to Gombrowicz, with special attention to authors that I love including Musil and Broch.
He also writes that the history of humor is closely connected to the history of the novel. Kundera, the most famous Czech writer, left Czechoslovakia in to live in Paris. As Stravinsky inhabited the world of music and served as one of its most important citizens and statesmen, so does Kundera inhabit the world of the novel, communicate in its unique language, and serve as a spokesman for its worldview and its practitioners.
Broch, like Kundera, believed that his realm was the macrocosm of the European novel, not the microcosm of Austrian fiction. For Kundera, the novel is far more than a literary genre. It is a way of viewing the world which, when it is practiced by a great novelist, leads readers to think in fresh ways, to question some of their assumptions, to put aside their prejudices. In one interesting passage, Kundera speaks of the ways in which lyricism has been used in the service of totalitarianism.
He mentions as an example the great Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, a true artist who placed his verse at the service of the Russian Revolution. Repelled by the totalitarian lyricism he saw around him in the communist Czechoslovakia of his youth, Kundera turned to the novel. Kundera wishes to be identified with no political position, no country, no rigid philosophical point of view; he wishes to view and to be viewed purely as a novelist. And did I mention his exceptional essay on Kafka.
This is a relatively short book, but one of great depth and breadth. It is simultaneously brilliant music criticism, elegant literary criticism, commentary on the art of writing and translation, and a guide to the great literature of modern Europe. With this book, a loaf of bread and some wine along with dozens of other texts one could while away a year or two.
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