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The forgetful Czech scientist embarrasses himself, and a pursuing Berck embarrasses him further. Then he tells an anecdote about a seduction of two centuries ago taken from on an obscure novel called No Tomorrow.

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There are parts of ”Slowness” that feel uncharacteristically heavy-handed. The Owner of the Keys Jacques and his Master. In roomy, expansive novels like ”The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” ”The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” and, most recently, ”Immortality,” he uses an astonishing spectrum of instruments to get at meaning. The scenes have no link.

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And that the length of this novel signals the short attention span of modern readers, who demand the ability to read a book quickly. From that equation we can deduce various corrollaries, for instance this one: Kundera’s attack on the idea of progress in ”Slowness” is very much in earnest, echoed in his most recent long essay, ”Testaments Betrayed”: Create a free website or blog at WordPress.


Vera says that Milan might be writing a novel without a single serious word, ”A Big Piece of Nonsense. Just a kunderaa while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have the vague sense that on your capacity to be happy hangs our only hope.

While the book has a narrative, it mainly serves as a way for Kundera to describe a philosophy about modernity, technology, memory and sensuality. Pontevin, an historian, is jealous of an ambitious intellectual, Berck, seeing the latter as a dancer.

He is more interested in real seduction.

But for me, this is not the purpose of literature: Vincent and Julie’s rush to make love in public view leads to a rather entertaining misunderstanding with the former’s penis, whose eloquent — it makes a speech — but stubborn refusal to cooperate confirms the novel’s earlier assertion that in delegating speed to a machine the motorcycle we leave the body ”outside the process.

But I would also note that the reviewers I cite do not believe he pulled off his blend of theme and story. This page was last edited slownexs 10 Julyat It furthers the theme, but is soowness real.


For when you seek effect, rather then reader involvement, you have become a true dancer. To little effect, because their meeting is symbolic.

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It is a climactic scene reminiscent of high drama, but all is coincidental. For a page novel, there are a large number of characters slowndss this book.

If a woman tells me: A motorcyclist, bent on passing, appears behind them and prompts a banal observation by Vera that people are utterly without fear when they get behind the wheel. Slowness Quotes Showing of Notify me of new comments via email. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Speed Metaphysical speculation was once happily married to the novel, practiced to great effect by masters like Voltaire and Diderot. Parker This novel begins as a beautifully written, and translated, work.

The next theme he introduces might seem at first unconnected, but as he spins it out, the deep affinities gradually surface.