Encounter is the latest addition to the acclaimed body of literary criticism from beloved author Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting). Novelist Russell Banks writes, "Not since Henry James, perhaps, has a fiction writer examined the process of writing with such insight, authority, and range of reference and allusion." In Encounter, Kundera brilliantly reflects on some of his signature themes and old loves (Rabelais, Fellini, Janacek, Malaparte), on literature, on morality, and on the transformation of civilization as we know it.
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- Paperback | 178 pages
- 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
- 13 Dec 2013
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- HarperCollins Publishers
- United States
- Illustrations, black and white
Back cover copy
Milan Kundera's brilliant new collection of essays is a passionate defense of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty. With the same dazzling mix of emotion and ideas that characterizes his bestselling novels, the internationally acclaimed author revisits the artists whose works help us better understand what it means to be human. Elegant, startlingly original, and provocative, Encounter combines many of the author's signature themes with personal reflections and stories.
"Cultivated, worldly, charming and spirited...Kundera's values are sane and humane; his impulses generous; his taste, overall, unimpeachable." Phillip Lopate, San Francisco Chronicle
"A commanding, compelling collection...Kundera's essays express enduring aesthetic loyalties and provide unexpected aesthetic sparks that remind readers of a fuller range of authentic thought and feeling."--Michael S. Roth, Los Angeles Times