A partir del gesto encantador de una mujer de cierta edad, el escritor crea el personaje de Agnes, alrededor de la cual aparecerán su hermana Laura, su marido Paul, y todo nuestro mundo contemporáneo en el que se rinde culto a la tecnología y la imagen. Pero ¿y si el hombre no fuera sino su imagen ?, pregunta otro personaje, Rubens, quien comprueba finalmente que de la más excitante de sus amantes sólo le quedan dos o tres fotografías mentales. Esta novela transforma todos los aspectos del mundo moderno en cuestiones metafísicas.
From the charming gesture of a woman, the writer creates the character of Agnes, and around her a whole universe emerges: her sister Laura, her husband Paul, and our contemporary imagedriven world. A breathtaking, reverberating survey of human nature, a great unclassifiable masterpiece.
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Milan Kundera's sixth novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman to her swimming instructor, a gesture that creates a character in the mind of a writer named Kundera. Like Flaubert's Emma or Tolstoy's Anna, Kundera's Agnes becomes an object of fascination, of indefinable longing. From that character springs a novel, a gesture of the imagination that both embodies and articulates Milan Kundera's supreme mastery of the novel and its purpose; to explore thoroughly the great, themes of existence.About the Author:
Kundera was born in 1929 into a middle class family. His father, LudvÃk Kundera (1891-1971), once a pupil of the composer Leos Janacek, was an important Czech musicologist and pianist who served as the head of the Janacek Music Academy in Brno from 1948 to 1961. Milan learned to play the piano from his father, later going on to study musicology and musical composition. Musicological influences and references can be found throughout his work; he has even gone so far as including notes in the text to make a point. Kundera belonged to the generation of young Czechs who had had little or no experience of the pre-war democratic Czechoslovak Republic. Their ideology was greatly influenced by the experiences of World War II and the German occupation. Still in his teens, Kundera joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia which seized power in 1948.Kundera completed his secondary school studies in Brno in 1948. He studied literature and aesthetics at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. After two terms, he transferred to the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he first attended lectures in film direction and script writing. In 1950, his studies were briefly interrupted by political interference.In 1950, he and another writer, Jan Trefulka, were expelled from the party for "anti-party activities". Trefulka described the incident in his novella PrÅ¡elo jim Å¡tÄ›stÃ (Happiness Rained On Them, 1962). Kundera also used the incident as an inspiration for the main theme of his novel Å½ert (The Joke, 1967).After graduating in 1952, the Film Faculty appointed him a lecturer in world literature. In 1956 Milan Kundera was readmitted into the Party. He was expelled for the second time in 1970. Kundera, along with other reform communist writers such as Pavel Kohout, was partly involved in the 1968 Prague Spring. This brief period of reformist activities was crushed by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.Kundera remained committed to reforming Czech communism, and argued vehemently in print with Havel, saying, essentially, that everyone should remain calm and that "nobody is being locked up for his opinions yet", and "the significance of the Prague Autumn may ultimately be greater than that of the Prague Spring". Finally, however, Kundera relinquished his reformist dreams and moved to France in 1975. He taught for a few years in the University of Rennes. He has been a French citizen since 1981.
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Descripción TusQuets, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P118483105373