• Life is Elsewhere

Life is Elsewhere

Milan Kundera

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Befriend a budding poet and his adoring mother in this seductive early novel - winner of the Prix Medicis - by the author of The...

Befriend a budding poet and his adoring mother in this seductive early novel - winner of the Prix Medicis - by the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

'An artist, clearly one of the greatest to be found everywhere.' Salman Rushdie

Milan Kundera initially intended to call this early novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to him, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. He takes us through the young man's fantasies and love affairs in a characteristic tour de force, alive with wit, eroticism and ideas.

Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile"!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce: an artist as a young man.

Format : Paperback / softback
Subcategory :Modern & Contemporary Fiction