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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Graeme Malcol Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Milan Kundera has established himself as one of the great novelists of our time with such books as The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. In Testaments Betrayed, he proves himself a brilliant defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due to a work of art and its creator's wishes. The betrayal of both - often by their most passionate proponents - is the principal theme of this extraordinary work. Listeners will be particularly intrigued by Kundera's impassioned attack on society's shifting moral judgments and persecutions of art and artists, from Mayakovsky to Rushdie.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/8/2014

    " Kundera begins with a riff on Rabelais and leads us on a wild tour of European literature from Cervantes to Gombrowicz, with special attention to authors that I love including Musil and Broch. I found this plus his continual focus on the ideas of literature attractive enough; but he essays music as well. There is a wonderful chapter on Janacek and thought-provoking discussion of Stravinsky's place in European music. And with this embedded references to literature, great literature, and his own work, most of which I've yet to read. And did I mention his exceptional essay on Kafka. This is a relatively short book, but one of great depth and breadth. It is simultaneously brilliant music criticism, elegant literary criticism, commentary on the art of writing and translation, and a guide to the great literature of modern Europe. With this book, a loaf of bread and some wine (along with dozens of other texts) one could while away a year or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mythack | 1/27/2014

    " Intellectual steroids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nutsa | 1/25/2014

    " KUndera writes as literary critique and in many cases offers alternative interpretations of some classic works. But my impression was that his speculations on novel and interpretations of Kafka or other authors contains criticism of contemporary european culture. I think first part of this book was key to this claim that Europe is headed to becoming an uptight culture where lost sense of humor is going to put an end to the history of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by c.vance | 1/20/2014

    " less thought out and somewhat disappointing after reading The Curtain... "

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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.