In this entertaining and always stimulating collection of seven essays, Kundera deftly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel.
Too often, he suggests, a novel is thought about only within the confines of the nation of its origin, when in fact the novel's development has always occurred across borders: Laurence Sterne learned from Rabelais, Henry Fielding from Cervantes, Joyce from Flaubert, Garcia Marquez from Kafka.
The real work of a novel is not bound up in the specifics of any one language: what makes a novel matter is its ability to reveal some previously unknown aspect of our existence.
In "The Curtain", Kundera skilfully describes how the best novels do just that.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 15/03/2007
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780571232819