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De pronto quiere recordar algo, pero el recuerdo se le escapa. And illustrating them with people whose activities parallel each other but do not intersect with each other.

How much finer it is to hear: Which leads to ruminations that verge on being personal essays, essays that discuss the differences between the old days and modern life. When someone jumps into the water fully clothed, it is another thing entirely: Kundera even manages to tie the modern to the past by having Vincent meet the Chevalier as they both depart.

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In it, a young chevalier travels by coach to the same chateau years earlier to keep an assignation with the chatelaine. Also, these casual seductions, so baldly conveyed here, do not reflect my kind of fiction. Notify me of slownesw comments via email.

Retrieved from ” https: Email required Address never kundsra public. Since the end of the Enlightenment, however, the philosophical novel — as opposed to the novel of ideas or the novel of social protest — has become a rarity.


There is no single central theme in the book, although the title suggests that the speed of modern living is the key concept that is the root cause of the events of the book.

Madame de T’s seduction of the Chevalier is deliberate and provides them with a night of pleasure. I have the vague sense that on your capacity to be happy hangs our only hope.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is, to begin with, the first novel he has written in French. The implication being that, like Berck, like Pontevin, he is also a dancer, since he wishes to copulate in public.

If a woman tells me: When one wants to kundear, remember, or prolong a moment, one moves and acts slowly. In existential mathematics that experience slownesss the form of two basic equations: And I thank slwoness reviewers for explaining that. It is told through a number of plot lines that slowly weave together until they are all united at the end of the book.

By the end of the book, all of these plots have been brought together in a single location and the characters interact, showing how the ideals they represent interact in the world. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. On the other hand, one travels fast in order to forget a past experience.

He even has Vincent speeding slownesz on a motorcycle at the end, trying to forget.

The novel is a meditation on the effects of modernity upon the individual’s perception of the world. In his earlier novels, Kundera relied on variations on a theme rather than on story. Pontevin, an historian, is jealous of an ambitious intellectual, Berck, seeing the latter as a dancer. And he certainly does this. Literature requires you to integrate your ideas and your people. I love you because you’re intelligent, because you’re decent, because you buy me gifts, because you don’t chase women, because you do the dishes, then I’m disappointed; such love seems a rather self-interested business.


Several events in the book are tied to the speed of movement, such as speeding cars or slow walks through a garden.

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The novel then carries this proposition to its absurd conclusion, in a dark burlesque not unlike the one Voltaire used to prove that all is most emphatically not for the best in this best of all possible worlds. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Denon’s novel, known only to a small circle in its own time and republished inhas come to represent, the narrator tells us, ”the art and the spirit of the 18th century.

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