Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analysed, and experienced.
by Milan Kundera
"‘One is torn between profound pleasure in the novel’s execution and wonder at the pain that inspired it’ IAN MCEWAN
'An urgent, stunning book; it teaches us that when we die, what we lose is not the future but the past. I think of Kundera as the great modern descendant of Gogol and Kafka.' CARLOS FUENTES
‘A masterpiece’ SALMAN RUSHDIE
Original Czech title: Kniha Smichu a Zapomneni
Original French title: Le Livre du Rire et de Loudli
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