Harper Academic

The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 06/27/2023

Price: $9.99

The Art of the Novel

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The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera

On Sale: 06/27/2023

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Price: $9.99

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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.

Critical Praise

“Lucid, detached, and epigrammatic …The book has its author’s familiar swiftness and variety of attack and his elegant, provocative irony.” — The New Yorker

“Incites us to reflect on fiction and philosophy, knowledge and truth, and brilliantly illustrates the art of the essay.” — The New Republic

“Highly readable, provocative, and of inspirational force.” — Anthony Burgess

“Kundera writes with wisdom and force.” — The Village Voice

“Refreshing, unorthodox, valuable. Incandescent illumination by one of literature’s most important voices.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063290747
  • ISBN 10: 006329074X
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 06/27/2023
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price: $9.99
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Fiction Writing
  • BISAC2 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Academic & Scholarly
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading