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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Paperback – 1 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Paperback; Main edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057117437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571174379
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius.""-- New York Times""This book, as it bluntly calls itself, is brilliant and original, written with the purity and wit that invite us directly in."-- John Updike, "New York Times Book Review"

About the Author

Milan Kundera, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, was a student when the Czech Communist regime was established in 1948, and later worked as a labourer, jazz musician and professor at the Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Prague. After the Russian invasion in August 1968, his books were proscribed. In 1975, he and his wife settled in France, and in 1981, he became a French citizen. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and of the short-story collection Laughable Loves - all originally in Czech. His most recent novels, Slowness, Identity and Ignorance, as well as his non-fiction works The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.

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