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Author: Aaron Asher, Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780062215604
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The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, 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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sly and merciless lampoon of revolutionary romanticism…Kundera commits some of the funniest literary savaging since Evelyn Waugh polished off Dickens in A Handful of Dust.”

    Time

  • “I will say no more about this lacerating book except to urge it upon all who care about literature in our difficult era.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Tender and unsparing…Life Is Elsewhere is a remarkable portrait of an artist as a young man.”

    Newsweek

  • “A remarkable book.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Kundera’s intellectual panache, his endless ability to generate original ideas from the most archetypal human situations, ensures he is never less than stimulating.”

    Literary Review (London)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/19/2014

    " I read it a long time ago. I loved it when i read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 2/14/2014

    " my favorite Kundera. all the tenderness of Unbearable Lightness, but a slightly more human story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 1/27/2014

    " I group this novel with 'This Side of Paradise' and 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' in a trilogy of the modernist Bildungsroman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angèle | 1/24/2014

    " The most lucid and cynical book about poetry you will read in your life! A true masterpiece. My favorite novel by Kundera and I have read all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daya | 1/22/2014

    " My young adolescent mind reveled in this book. It has everything: communists, a poet, sex and an alter-ego. The cover on this book is very indicative of its content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Feather | 1/16/2014

    " I love Milan Kundera. I love his whole soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/9/2013

    " This is the story of a poet from birth and into adulthood, though it isn't really about a poet at all. The story is more about poetry itself, and art, and the people who make art. Kundera ponders the big things- human nature, love, the creative impulse- with his characteristic beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dijana | 12/8/2013

    " kundera is so european. love that writing style! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oceana2602 | 11/22/2013

    " Maybe not my best introduction to Kundera's works. I found it rather tiresome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/19/2013

    " I've been trying to finish this book for four years. I'm giving up on it. Sorry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/4/2013

    " A really good book about a boy and his overbearing, needy mother in communist-era czech republic. The plot has a couple of really good twists. It was a little slow to start but definitely got me hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/11/2013

    " an underrated kundera novel that I personally think is his best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/2/2013

    " Recalling Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, Kundera fills in his so-called life withhumour and bravado. A real treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 c.vance | 3/2/2013

    " probably not a four-star book, probably one of Kundera's weaker works, but reading it in Prague and finding buildings he describes is an aphrodisiac of words in practice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amani | 1/20/2013

    " This book is pretty good if you can get past the fact that Kundera is pretty sexist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 1/12/2013

    " I'm reading the French version... and ... I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/22/2012

    " Loved the flow of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Satu | 12/17/2012

    " Yeah, I don't know... I kinda liked it but still it didn't hit me as strongly as some other books have.. Maybe the story was wrong for me - I'm still about to read something else from this writer. "

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.