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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Angèle Rondeau | 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! "

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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.