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    DescriptionA budding poet and his adoring mother are the central characters of this intriguing early novel by Milan Kundera. He takes us through the young man's fantasies and love affairs in a characteristic tour de force, alive with wit, eroticism and ideas.

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    Life is Elsewhere
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Milan Kundera, Translated by Peter Kussi, Translated by Aaron Asher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 300 g
    ISBN 13: 9780571197774
    ISBN 10: 0571197779

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 843.914
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Fiction
    Publication date
    04 September 2000
    Author Information
    The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975.
    Review quote
    "Tender and unsparing..."Life Is Elsewhere is a remarkable portrait of an artist as a young man."--"Newsweek"I will say no more about this lacerating book except to urge it upon all who care about literature in our difficult era."--"Boston Globe"A sly and merciless lampoon of revolutionary romanticism...Kundera commits some of the funniest literary savaging since Evelyn Waugh polished off Dickens in "A Handful of Dust."--"Time
    Review text
    The self-deprecation and political cynicism of the Czech writers of Kundera's middle-aged generation appear as fine ironies in this novel about a young poet. It is a remarkable study of an artist dominated by his mother and his narcissism. Jaromil was the exclusive property of his mother from the time of his conception (she wanted to name him Apollo, meaning fatherless) to his early death - the final reconciliation to his mother's embrace. The discovery that words brought magic approbation from Maman and her friends made Jaromil a poet; the desire to achieve manhood made him a Party poet, zealously censoring his betters and relishing the poetry evening at the police academy. How his mother engulfed his Communism and his love affairs could trove been mere if very funny farce, but Kundera also mobilizes a strain of real tenderness, even for Maman, which was not found in the short stories of Laughable Loves (appearing simultaneously). The dramatization of self-dramatization, the light but brutal explicitness about the egoism of love and mother-love, make this a work of instruction in the good, old sense. Winner of a 1973 Medicis Literary Award. (Kirkus Reviews)