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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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In this dark farce of a novel, set in an old-fashioned Central European spa town, eight characters are swept up in an accelerating dance: a pretty nurse and her repairman boyfriend; an oddball gynecologist; a rich American (at once saint and Don Juan); a popular trumpeter and his beautiful, obsessively jealous wife; an disillusioned former political prisoner about to leave his country and his young woman ward.

Perhaps the most brilliantly plotted and sheerly entertaining of Milan Kundera's novels, Farewell Waltz poses the most serious questions with a blasphemous lightness that makes us see that the modern world has deprived us even of the right to tragedy.

Written in Bohemia in 1969-70, this book was first published (in 1976) in France under the title La valse aux adieux (Farewell Waltz), and later in 34 other countries. This beautiful translation, made from the French text prepared by the novelist himself, fully reflects his own tone and intentions. As such, it offers an opportunity for both the discovery and the rediscovery of one of the very best of a great writer's works.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Stephen | 2/9/2014

    " My King Penguin edition has the title "The Farewell Party"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priyanka Charan | 1/21/2014

    " If someone can aptly convey their life experiences through wit, call him Kundera. Comically genuine, incredulously real, a journey not to be missed- especially for the anthropologist-meets-philosopher in each one of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andreea | 12/3/2013

    " Whenever I read about a minor/secondary character's death which has little impact on the plot as a whole a cold chill runs down my spine. It seems to me to be the ultimate form of injustice to create a character whose fate isn't necessary for the economy of the book, a character whose life is completely meaningless. And yet. And yet the death that occurs in the last chapter (which initially made me hate the author and still does a little) does shape up the book, or rather, the book is shaped up around it, albeit perhaps in a clumsy way because this book is so much about birth you can almost see death coming. Hmm. I haven't made up my mind about it yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 11/18/2013

    " I like Kundera very much. His plot line and description are always fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/17/2013

    " read it 7 times...as each character. You will love it more and more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate D | 11/9/2013

    " A bit less driven by ideas than most of Kundera's fiction (it was only his second novel), and so more reliant on throwing his often-irritating characters at the mercy of mechonized plotting finely calibrated to entirely ensure their disconnection, misunderstanding, and semi-willful alienation from eachother. It's not that it's badly done, it's just the sort of thing that I tend to find more tedious. And there is a pretty clear thematic center, afterall, it just gets less page time than the accompaniment. Klima, for example, who might be the protagonist: are we meant to like him, to sympathize with his struggles? I just couldn't -- all his problems were his own fault, and he acted only in the most self-serving manner throughout, yet he took precedence over the actual subject (of the book, of the "farewell party" itself) for much of the text. And given this, I have a few doubts about Kundera's feelings here. I still find him a sympathetic writer, but here his allegiances may be a bit off from my own. But still, not a bad book, just one I liked less than his others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dhank Ari | 9/28/2013

    " Makin menasbihkan Milan Kundera sebagai penulis yang paling berpengaruh dalam tulisan-tulisan gue...he...he... Keren. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 9/23/2013

    " I love Kundera and so far am enjoying this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonfaith | 9/21/2013

    " The memory of this one contains something jagged, like a sharp lazily tossed into a bin liner, only to poke an unsuspecting leg on the way out to the street. This novel whispers you might not recreate the plot but the deceipt will cling to your hair and clothes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ htgkvkkviholmvobsvzighxofyyzmw | 9/11/2013

    " wow... Kundera... lebih nakal daripada "Identity". Lebih seksi daripada "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keyvan | 6/16/2013

    " Re-reading this after many years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elk | 5/10/2013

    " An intricate design of characters and stories which lead to one truth at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 3/8/2013

    " couldn't finish this - a bit to much of a slow waltz for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eszter | 10/22/2012

    " seven characters live their lives entirely inside their heads. upon interaction, disaster ensues. yesss! "

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About the Author

Milan Kundera, the Franco-Czech novelist, was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, for more than twenty years. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, The Farewell Party, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, as well as the short story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. Like Slowness, his two earlier nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.

About the Narrator

Richmond Hoxie has performed on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and off-Broadway in The Dining Room, Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Landscape with Waitress. On television, he appears frequently in all of the incarnations of Law and Order. His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, and For Love or Money.