Milan Kundera
Gallimard, Paris, 2006; originally published 1986, French (1988 in English)
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9782070328017

According to Milan Kundera, "every novelist's work contains an implicit vision of the history of the novel, an idea of what the novel is. I have tried to express here the idea of the novel that is inherent in my own novels." In this book, Kundera examines the work of literary figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Musil, and Kafka. He also discusses through the lens of his own work his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.

On 1 book list
Pierre Bernard

The theme is the novel—fiction—as a form of narration that can still be an antidote to the numbing effect of mass media. I see a strong parallel between the work of the novelist and that of the graphic designer.

comments powered by Disqus