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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.

©1990 Milan Kundera (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cerebral Crosswinds in Parisian fields

"Immortality" is so rejuvenating to the reading experience, pulling Goethe and Hemingway from beyond, effortlessly using literary magic devices in pleasing ways. It should leave its mark on the way you view a novel. One cannot describe the plot/theme without spoiling the trip.

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  • prazy
  • Monterey Park, CA USA
  • 05-23-18

Great lit? Bad audiobook

Immortality may be a great book. I say “may” because I have physically read other books by Kundera and they brought me to tears. I cannot vouch for Immortality as a book, but as a listening experience it’s boring, wandering, and tiresome. On the physical page where you can reread and reconsider this may not be true because Kundera is smart and subtle, allusive and self referential. His theme keeps coming up again soon n unexpected ways and places that may be delightful to a reader but doesn’t maintain the continuity for a listener to follow. I don’t recommend this as an audiobook.

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  • JJ
  • 06-04-17

Lovely & Philosophical

Great story! Creatively woven. Narrator somewhat monotonous. Story has some deep, enriching ideas & concepts well-worth your pondering!