Encounter: Essays—now available in paperback—is the latest addition to Milan Kundera’s acclaimed body of literary criticism—of which John Simon wrote, “I can't imagine reading this book without being challenged and instructed, amused, amazed and aroused, and ultimately delighted.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Encounter, that is to say: spark; flash; chance.” As its title suggests, Encounter is a product of Milan Kundera’s deep engagement with illuminating points of intersection—between art and history, memory and forgetting, the artist and his times. The distinguished writer reflects on his signature themes and old loves (Rabelais, Fellini, Janacek, Malaparte), on literature, mortality, and the transformation of civilization as we know it, in an elegant, startlingly original, and beautiful book.
Milan Kundera is a writer of unparalleled erudition, but this is no dry academic account. With rare intimacy, he shares his experiences of reading and writing—describing his discovery of the work of Aimé Césaire as a young man, or the fresh insights he discovered upon a recent rereading Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. He reconsiders from unexpected and rewarding angles the work of such major novelists as Dostoyevski, Céline, and Philip Roth. And with disarming honesty, he looks back on a literary life that took him from young, committed Communist to celebrated author in exile.
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