Book of Laughter and Forgetting
In this novel, Kundera whirls through comedy and tragedy, towards his central question: ‘how does a person, any person, live today?’. Towards his answer he writes of politics, sex, literature, modern man’s alienation and of their antidotes.
‘This book is a novel in the form of variations. The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage leading into the interior of a theme, the interior of a thought, the interior of a single, unique situation the understanding of which recedes from my sight into the distance. It is a book about laughter and about forgetting, about forgetting and about Prague, about Prague and about the angels.’
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the most secret of Kundera’s novels. This new translation is the first to be fully authorized by Milan Kundera.