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About the Book


Milan Kundera's sixth novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman to her swimming instructor, a gesture that creates a character in the mind of a writer named Kundera. Like Flaubert's Emma or Tolstoy's Anna, Kundera's Agnes becomes an object of fascination, of indefinable longing. From that character springs a novel, a gesture of the imagination that both embodies and articulates Milan Kundera's supreme mastery of the novel and its purpose; to explore thoroughly the great, themes of existence.

by Milan Kundera

  • Publication Date: October 20, 1999
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • ISBN-10: 0060932384
  • ISBN-13: 9780060932381