The Curtain : Essays, Paperback

The Curtain : Essays Paperback



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
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780571232819



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