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It is a climactic scene reminiscent of high drama, but all is coincidental. With this emphasis on process, on brevity, to illustrate his theme, however, Kundera generates the very showmanship he decries.

A man is walking down the street. There is also the suggestion that speed creates vulgarity, as suggested by the parallel seductions held at the chateau. Kundera finds that the speed we love has beggared us of pleasure.

Combien il est plus beau d’entendre: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Taking the ontological temperature of today and of the pre-revolutionary 18th century, Mr.

Kundera even manages to tie the modern to the past by having Vincent meet the Chevalier as they both depart. Then he tells an anecdote about a seduction of two centuries ago taken from on an obscure novel called No Tomorrow.

But while each couple illustrates an example of seduction, the failure to connect among these seductions dilutes the emotional impact. As opposed to a motorcyclist, the runner is always present in his body, forever required to think about his blisters, his exhaustion; when he runs he feels his weight, his age, more conscious than ever of himself and of his time of life.


And then the novel concludes with a scene in which a character from No Tomorrow and one from today confront one another, one happy about being seduced, one unhappy at his failure to seduce. This suggests that serious consideration requires slowness; speed encourages rash decisions and ultimately failure. And illustrating them with people whose activities parallel each other but do not intersect with each other.

His modus operandi is to bring ideas into play — floating hypotheses, improvising, interrogating.

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Speed Metaphysical speculation was once happily married to the novel, practiced to great effect by masters like Voltaire and Diderot. Kundera comes closer to polemic here than in his other fiction, but he is fiercely defending the ”spirit of complexity” that the novel embodies.

Si une femme me dit: But it takes a long while to become a novel. He is simply identifying his ideas with people. From that equation we can deduce various corrollaries, for instance this one: But look here, ”Slowness” says, the chevalier and his mistress are sexier than their frenetic modern counterparts: Denon’s novel, known only to a small circle in its own time and republished inhas come to represent, the narrator tells us, ”the art and the spirit of the 18th century.

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In the end, his imagination has focused on his philosophical theme, at the expense of his slownes characters. It is also surprisingly short, less than half the number of pages of his last novel. Kundera, who began his artistic life as a musician, creates remarkable unity by sounding a theme, then circling and returning to it again and again with a great breadth of variations.


This page was last edited on 10 Julyat Actually, some critics see the value of this novel to be in its philosophical depth, in its being built around the concepts of slowness and remembering in the past world and speed and forgetting in the modern world.

And I thank the reviewers for explaining that. And he certainly does this. Vincent and Julie’s rush to make love in public view leads to a rather entertaining misunderstanding with the former’s penis, whose eloquent — it makes a speech — but stubborn refusal to slwness confirms the novel’s earlier assertion that in delegating speed to a machine the motorcycle we leave the body ”outside the process.

I’m crazy about you even though you’re neither intelligent nor decent, even though you’re a liar, an egotist, a bastard. Their lovemaking, drawn out over a whole night, is informed by the elaborate rules of conduct their century affected.

In roomy, expansive novels like ”The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” ”The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” and, most recently, ”Immortality,” he uses an astonishing spectrum of instruments to get at meaning. In sum, I was disappointed in this novel, in part because I did not understand what Kundera was trying to kunderz. Literature requires you to integrate your ideas and your people.

At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. You are commenting using your WordPress. He even has Vincent speeding away on a motorcycle at the slowbess, trying to forget.