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    DescriptionAfter the gravity of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Immortality," "Slowness" comes as a surprise: It is certainly Kundera's lightest novel, a "divertimento," an "opera buffa," with, as the author himself says, "not a single serious word in it"; then, too, it is the first of his novels to have been written in French (in the eyes of the French public, turning him definitively into a "French writer"). Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator of "Slowness" through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated by more than 200 years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic. In the 18th-century narrative, the marvelous Madame de T. summons a young nobleman to her chbteau one evening and gives him an unforgettable lesson in the art of seduction and the pleasures of love. In the same chbteau at the end of the 20th century, a hapless young intellectual experiences a rather less successful night. Distracted by his desire to be the center of public attention at a convention of entomologists, Vincent loses the beautiful Julie -- ready and willing though she is to share an evening of intimacy and sexual pleasure with him -- and suffers the ridicule of his peers. A "morning-after" encounter between the two young men from different centuries brings the novel to a poignant close: Vincent has already obliterated the memory of his humiliation as he prepares to speed back to Paris on his motorcycle, while the young nobleman will lie back on the cushions of his carriage and relive the night before in the lingering pleasure of memory. Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life: about thesecret bond between slowness and memory, about the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed. And about "dancers" possessed by the passion to be seen, for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy."Irresistible. . . . "Slowness" is an ode to sensuous leisure, to the enjoyment of pleasure rather than just the search for it."--Cathleen Schine, "Mirabella" "Audacity, wit, and sheer brilliance." "--New York Times Book Review" "Paradoxically, "Slowness."..is the fastest paced of Kundera's novels as well as the most accessible." "--Boston Globe"


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    Title
    Slowness
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Milan Kundera, Translated by Linda Asher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060928414
    ISBN 10: 0060928417
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 891.8635
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 891.8/635
    LC classification: PQ2671.U47 L4613 1997
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    01 May 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Irresistible. . . ."Slowness is an ode to sensuous leisure, to the enjoyment of pleasure rather than just the search for it."-- Cathleen Schine, "Mirabella""Audacity, wit, and sheer brilliance."-- "New York Times Book Review""Paradoxically, "Slowness. . . .is the fastest paced of Kundera's novels as well as the most accessible."-- "Boston Globe"