Milan Kundera, author of The Festival of Insignificance, on tour June/July 2015

Posted By on June 18, 2015

The Festival of Insignificance (429x648)About The Festival of Insignificance

• Hardcover: 128 pages
• Publisher: Harper (June 23, 2015)

Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism—that’s The Festival of Insignificance. Readers who know Kundera’s earlier books know that the wish to incorporate an element of the “unserious” in a novel is not at all unexpected of him. In Immortality, Goethe and Hemingway stroll through several chapters together, talking and laughing. And in Slowness, Vera, the author’s wife, says to her husband, “You’ve often told me you meant to write a book one day that would have not a single serious word in it . . . I warn you: watch out. Your enemies are lying in wait.”

Now, far from watching out, Kundera is finally and fully realizing his old aesthetic dream in this novel, which we may easily view as a summation of his whole work. A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor. What more can we say? Nothing. Just read.

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About the AuthorMilan Kundera

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most 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 French.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, June 23rd: Man of La Book

Wednesday, June 24th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Thursday, June 25th: A Dream Within a Dream

Friday, June 26th: The Year in Books

Monday, June 29th: Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, June 30th: Charmingly Modern

Thursday, July 2nd: Belle’s Beautiful Books

Monday, July 6th: Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

Tuesday, July 7th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, July 8th: guiltless reading

Thursday, July 9th: Lit and Life

Monday, July 13th: Jancee Reads

Thursday, July 16th: Book Dilettante

Friday, July 17th: she treads softly

Wednesday, July 22nd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews


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