Milan Kundera


i was just wondering if slowness would be a good novel to write a senior english paper on?

>>By star111   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

If you're asking the question then No it wouldn't be

>>By keed   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

i have found kundera at his best in "laughable loves", which is a collection of his short stories. but, he is more famous for his novels "immortality", "unbearable lightness of being", "the book of laughter and forgeting", etc. he is good. rather very good.

>>By eyekay   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

any insights on how Kundera's views of history (in "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting") are reflected by his thoughts on technology?

>>By cc83   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Right from the begnning of his carrier, reading his early novels 'The joke' and 'Life is elsewhere' and (may be more importantly) 'Laughable loves' I could feel touches of a great and differnt novelist. If Marqueze is one of the two poles of second half of twentieth century novel, he is certainly the other pole.
Wish I could translate his books into Kurdish...

>>By Kareem Omer   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:57)

Any ideas for a topic for a college English paper on "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting"

>>By Jill   (Tuesday, 22 Apr 2003 04:08)

Has anyone every experience litost? The charters in "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" seem to be struggling with the shock of learning who they really are. I did not find a main charter who was happy with their own life.

>>By KittyCat   (Wednesday, 7 May 2003 05:11)

i wanted to come up with a topic ?

it's so hard because Milan Kundera is so intense. i love his work, but it's too hard to analyze.

email me if u have any suggestion @

>>By lilo   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 03:16)

Recently I've read "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and I really loved the book. But it's hard to explain to myself why... I mean, with majority of authors it's pretty easy to identify what exactly you like in a work, but here - I'm totally messed up with my feelings. Can you suggest the next book by him to read? Or explain what the hell is going on inside of me after reading Kundera?

>>By akuna   (Friday, 7 Nov 2003 22:30)

The Unbearable Lightness of being is a classic isn't it? I cried when i first read it many years ago. Not because of sadness, but because it was so well written. From the very first line grips you: "The idea of eternasl return is a mysterious one, and Nietzsche has often perplexed other philosophers with it: to think that everything recurs as we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs as infinitum!"

and then you are dragged through the life of tomas and tereza. Nietzsche's influence is undeniable, from the way his chapters are planned to the way the chapters end with a twist, a truly nietzschean turn, to the idea of tomas' own searhc for a ubermenscen-like purity. Some critics have argued that it is loosely based on thus spracht zarathustra, though I have my reservations, even if I can see why the allusion is made.

>>By dionysus   (Friday, 7 Nov 2003 23:07)


YOU again! LOL! But surely if you are talking Kundera we have to talk about "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" and it's immortal line "The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." (from memory, so I hope I got it right).

>>By greenfyre   (Saturday, 8 Nov 2003 16:26)

I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for a paper topic on Kunderas the unbearable lightness of being, and also if they knew anything that would be good to tie in E.L. Doctorow's the Book of Daniel?

>>By shmoopy   (Saturday, 6 Dec 2003 00:28)


Kundera and nietzsche and the principle of eternal recurrence

>>By dionysus   (Saturday, 6 Dec 2003 04:34)

MK is really a greatest writer in the world.he know the existense deeply.he takes a grand new sight for us to see the world.i love him

>>By birdfly   (Tuesday, 30 Dec 2003 12:41)

why no people?

>>By birdfly   (Sunday, 4 Jan 2004 16:16)

I read the unbearable lightness of being and immortality, he is a great writer. sometimes he becomes a little hard to follow, but often comes up with excellent analysis of life...

>>By internicholas   (Wednesday, 7 Jan 2004 07:54)

the only book ive read of Kundera is the one in which he writes about Kafka and the others.. im yet to read his other works

>>By pappillon   (Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 08:05)

“The secret within literatures is riddled in an anagram orrobusorrobusbusorbusbusor…. Mathematicians riddle themselves with a single inversion…the musical Spirit can contemplate it in resurrection” From the Decagram X-th verse ©anand bose

I have read only one of kundera’s essays.... I was fascinated by his idea to create the existence of writing in a creatological consciousness which is introduced into the writerliness of the pen by the 'contrapunctum' an idea which i understand is related to the fugue!

As a "creatological consciousness’” i do extend the Nietzsche's theory of art, the Dionysian intoxication and Apollonian image and also bring into its juncture the remaining philological "Artkeytypes" of the Orphean Melody or its reverse the cataclysmorphony, as well Marsyan intimaticautonomy...

The birth of, (I refrain tragedy) as Nietzsche used it in very polytheitcdemopoetic manner...

Thus unlike defamatory existentialists who rolled Sisyphus up and down and then bound him desolate by the self-realization of freedom and its condemnation...
the unbearable lightness of being is affirmative.... a status to the gravity if within ness

I use the contrapunctum here to introduce mystic spirit craftsmen Perunthachan of my native place, Kerala,

"River Pampa is agog with excitement. There’s a flurry of emotions wild with joy, drunken with excitement about who will win or loose? Serpent boats have lined up for the grand prix. Long, narrow, and agile, they are cut from a single bark, tempered by craftsmen who have learned the art of tradition from generation to generation

Their inspiration is (Perunthachan) a spirit craftsman who finds music in wood and stone being gifted with the spirit of touch. (Perunthachan) taps wood and stone and differentiates them into male and female by listening to their tones. For (Perunthachan), Music is (‘diassonace’) of wood or stone where the clairaudient ear of his discerns the raging storm and the soothing sleep and crafts both to a melody of pure art." From the story Onam and Coir

>>By Anand Bose   (Friday, 9 Jan 2004 15:35)

It's unfair to Kundera, Anand Bose, that you post a message nobody has related to since january. A writer of that depth deserves an ongoing discussion. So let's start anew. How about reading more than one essay before commenting on a writer's work?

>>By Noudjali   (Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004 17:16)

Hello, everybody. Does anyone have any idea about the name of Tereza's cat? I would like to talk about the cat. MK's book always deserves detailed discussion.

>>By jennyzrang   (Wednesday, 19 May 2004 10:02)

I've only started reading Kundera rather recently (though I'm now taking a break from his books to read some other material), and I've read The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Life Is Elsewhere, and The Joke -- all of which were spectacular. Just his writing style and skill is more than enough to get him by. He has a beautiful way of incorporating new and controversial (and sometimes contradictory) ideas into his stories. The way he jumps from character to character and time to time really makes you <i>think</i> about the story, makes you <i>absorb</i> it... It's like math. If you understand how the problem comes together and how to solve it, you'll never have an issue. If you're just following the formula with no idea as to how it's at all relevent to solving the problem, you're lost, you're going to commit that formula to memory and then eventually you're going to forget because without actually understanding something there's no room for it in your memories.

Something that's really stuck with me in particular from The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting was the part about laughter. I love his description of the Devil's laughter and that of the Angel's, and I love how he portrays the sensuality of laughter through the story of the two American girls in bed. Also the last chapter, with the children sexually exploring each other and the woman (I forgot her name already, damn)... How it's so innocent.

>>By Calyne   (Sunday, 2 Apr 2006 14:10)

Milan Kundera gripped me from the time that I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being. He hooked me with the first line by quoting Nietzsche which made me feel so in touch with him. It is raw and emotional and instinctual. I feel as though this book changed me and that is what I look for in a good read. Someone who can make me think on a higher level so much that it interferes with my real life. Being a female, I compared myself to Tereza and also to Sabina finding myself in both characters. I questioned my relationships when I began feeling the effects of eternal return. If I only have one chance, how do I know I have made the right choice? There is no right choice because there is only one chance, nothing to compare to, no way to know. Therefore there also is no wrong choice, I had to say to myself because the opposite of no right choice is no wrong choice. Or could it be true that the opposite of no right choice is no choice at all? And more so, which one is positive? If there is only one chance, one choice, one time, nothing to compare (but others lives which are filled with their choices whether they were wrong or right), then this is the "unbearable" part of being. This is why I love Kundera, even in writing about him, I question everything and I truly become a part of a real story.

>>By MendLe   (Tuesday, 20 Jun 2006 19:44)

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