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Kundera, Milan.
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Rencontre. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, [2010]

Physical Description:
x, 178 pages ; 22 cm
Milan Kundera's new collection of essays is a passionate defense of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty. Art is what we possess in the face of evil and the darker side of human nature. With the same mix of emotion and idea that characterizes his novels, Kundera revisits the artists who remain important to him and whose works help us better understand the world we live in and what it means to be human. An astute reader of fiction, Kundera brings his extraordinary critical gifts to bear on the paintings of Francis Bacon, the music of Leoš Janáček, and the films of Federico Fellini, as well as the novels of Philip Roth, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. He also seeks to restore to its rightful place the work of Anatole France and Curzio Malaparte, major writers who have fallen into obscurity. --From publisher description.
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"Originally published in French as Une rencontre in France in 2009 by Editions Gallimard"--T.p. verso.
The painter's brutal gesture : on Francis Bacon -- Novels, existential soundings -- Blacklists, or Divertimento in homage to Anatole France -- The dream of total heritage -- Beautiful like a multiple encounter -- Elsewhere -- My first love -- Forgetting Schoenberg -- The skin : Malaparte's arch-novel.
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