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The Art of the Novel

(1988)
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Every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is. I have tried to express here the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels.
-- Milan Kundera

Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe.

Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.



Praise for this book

"A 'practitioner's confession'... highly readable, provocative, and of inspirational force." - Anthony Burgess


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June 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Art of the Novel
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2001 : UK Paperback
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Art of the Novel (Perennial Classics)
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February 2000 : USA Paperback
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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May 1990 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 0-571-14222-2 / 978-0-571-14222-4 (UK edition)
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January 1900 : USA Paperback
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ISBN: 0-06-097204-1 / 978-0-06-097204-2 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : UK Audio CD
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