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A novel by the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. A moment of confusion sets in motion a complex chain of events which crosses and recrosses the divide between fantasy and more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 16mm | 117.94g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571195679
  • 9780571195671
  • 88,389

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A short, unsettling and offbeat love story from the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Like most of us, Kundera's characters spend more time thinking about sex than having sex, but their thoughts are comic, erotic and profound. In this story a chic couple explore the limits of intimacy and the impossibility of possession. 'His jealousy was not the same sort as he had known in his youth... very gradually it was transforming a beloved woman into the simulacrum of a beloved woman.' (Kirkus UK)show more

About Milan Kundera

The French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in France since 1975. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, The Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves -- all originally in Czech. His more recent novels , Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in more

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