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    DescriptionThis collection contains stories about the sport of love - Don Juanism, ageing, male and female power and seductions undertaken for all kinds of intriguing motives. Milan Kundera is author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

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    Laughable Loves
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Milan Kundera, Translated by S. Rappaport
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571206926
    ISBN 10: 0571206921

    BIC E4L: GEN
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    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    DC21: 891.86354
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
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    Publication date
    21 August 2000
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    Author Information
    The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975.
    Review quote
    "An intellectual heavyweight and a pure literary virtuoso, Milan Kundera takes some of Freud's most cherished complexes and irreverently whirls them about in acts of legerdemain that capture our darkest, deepest human passions?The tales in "Laughable Loves" surprise and illuminate?Kundera's world is complex, full of mockeries and paradoxes. Life is often brutal and humiliating; it is often blasphemous, funny, irritating."-- Abe Ravitz, "Cleveland Plain Dealer""Milan Kundera offers a very special blend of sympathy and cynicism, irony and affability, that is unmatched in our literature." -- Thomas Joyce, " Chicago Sun-Times" "Light, wry, and wise."-- John Skow, "Time""Buoyantly energetic and virtuosic."-- Walter Clemons, "Newsweek"
    Review text
    These seven short stories by a Czech writer are artful and sometimes funny - a gallows humor based on the traditional cynicism and bureaucratism of middle-class Central Europeans, and their current view of freedom as freakishness, aphrodisia, private intrigue. Kundera's men find solace in impressing each other with seductions and humiliating women who are either young and adoring or older and concupiscent. In further variations on "the idiocy of eroticism" a demure gift starts playing the whore with her lover and the game takes over; a professor of art parries a pesky review-seeker by charging that he made advances to his mistress, whereupon the man's wife submits affidavits to the effect that such a thing would be physically impossible; a young man feigns religious conversion to surmount his girl's resistance, then is repelled by "how easily and remorselessly she was now betraying her God of No Fornication." Life, ironic but goatish, among "the old dead" and "the young dead." (Kirkus Reviews)