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.
This edition also contains Fictions of the Feminine in the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Press
About: Looks at the history of the novel, discusses the work of other novelists, including Kafka, and considers character, action, and the role of historical events
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