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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.

©1991 Milan Kundera (P)2012 Canongate Books Ltd in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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"It will make you cleverer, maybe even a better lover. Not many novels can do that." (Nicholas Lezard, GQ)

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Amazing and unique.

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  • 12-10-16

Breathtakingly beautiful

Wonderful story, unique, relatable characters. I enjoyed it a lot. Love it and recommend it!

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