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The Curtain : An Essay in Seven Parts

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"A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose."

In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that "the curtain" represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has--a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 12.7mm | 90.72g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060841958
  • 9780060841959
  • 252,847

Review Text

"An elegant, personalized integration of anecdote, analysis, scholarship, memory and speculation...Kundera's opinions...are well worth listening to." Russell Banks, New York Times Book Review
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"Kundera's essay so perfectly distilles an approach to art that it realigns the way an art form is understood."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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1,804 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (763)
3 23% (412)
2 4% (78)
1 1% (14)
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