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Encounter

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061894435
  • 9780061894435
  • 149,115

Review quote

Compelling essays. --Boston Sunday Globe"show more

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.show more

Review Text

"Cultivated, worldly, charming and spirited...Kundera's values are sane and humane; his impulses generous; his taste, overall, unimpeachable." Phillip Lopate, San Francisco Chronicleshow more

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897 ratings
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5 21% (184)
4 42% (374)
3 30% (267)
2 7% (61)
1 1% (11)
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