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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 11/18/2013

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

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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.