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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date June 14, 2016
Pages 128
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780062356901
ISBN-10 0062356909
Dimensions 0.28 by 5.31 by 8 in.
Original list price $13.99
Summaries and Reviews
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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an unexpected and enchanting novel—the culmination of his life's work.

Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism—that’s The Festival of Insignificance. Readers who know Milan Kundera’s earlier books know that the wish to incorporate an element of the “unserious” in a novel is not at all unexpected of him. In Immortality, Goethe and Hemingway stroll through several chapters together talking and laughing. And in Slowness, Vera, the author’s wife, says to her husband: “you’ve often told me you meant to write a book one day that would have not a single serious word in it…I warn you: watch out. Your enemies are lying in wait.”

Now, far from watching out, Kundera is finally and fully realizing his old aesthetic dream in this novel that we could easily view as a summation of his whole work. A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor. What more can we say? Nothing. Just read.



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Hardcover
from Harpercollins (June 23, 2015)
9780062356895 | details & prices | 115 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $23.99
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (June 14, 2016)
9780062356901 | details & prices | 128 pages | 5.31 × 8.00 × 0.28 in. | List price $13.99
This edition also contains The Festival of Insignificance
About: From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an unexpected and enchanting novel—the culmination of his life's work.
With Maxine C. Hairston | 4 sub edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (February 1, 1998); titled "Successful Writing"
9780393971965 | details & prices | 246 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $36.95
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CD/Spoken Word
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With Richmond Hoxie (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (June 23, 2015)
9781504612241 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.99
This edition also contains The Festival of Insignificance
About: [Translated by Linda Asher][Read by Richmond Hoxie] Set in modern-day Paris, The Festival of Insignificance follows four friends who run into each other in the Luxembourg Gardens, attend parties, and conduct a long-running exchange on sex, desire, history, art, and even the meaning of human existence.

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