(Paris), NRF – Gallimard, (2009).
8vo, publisher’s printed wrappers in red and black. 203pp., (5)pp. Complete.
One of 80 numbered large paper copies on “vélin pur fil des papeteries Malmenayde”.
This collection of essays is a passionate defence of art in an era that, the author argues, no longer values art or beauty. With the same dazzling mix of emotion and idea that characterizes his novels Kundera illuminates the art and artists who remain important to him and whose work helps us better understand the world. An astute and brilliant reader of fiction, Kundera applies these same gifts to the reading of Francis Bacon’s paintings, Leos Janacek’s music, the films of Fellini, as well as to the novels of Philip Roth, Dostoyevsky and Garcia Marquez, among others. He also takes up the challenge of restoring to their rightful place the work of major writers like Anatole France and Curzio Malaparte who have fallen into obscurity. Milan Kundera’s signature themes of memory and forgetting, the experience of exile, and his spirited championing of modernist art mark these essays. Art, he argues, is what we have to cleave to in the face of evil, against the expression of the darker side of human nature. Elegant, startingly provocative and original, “Encounter” follows Kundera essay’s collection, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, and The Curtain.
Excellent uncut copy.
Price: 600,00 euros
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