The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.
The characters are poorly dissimulated (that is, articulated) doppelgangers of the author.
In a very subtile manner Kundera clarifies the reason why under communist dictatorships humanity failes more often than elsewhere.
"I know only one thing; that I could never say with total conviction that man is a wonderful being and I want to reproduce it."
The book was not in great condition, with lots of bending in the cover and pages and it also had highlights and markings throughout that were not in the product description.Published on December 3, 2012 by Jessica
As in most of Kundera's Czech novels a narrative woven from several strands (with each strand firmly linked to a specific character) forms a structure that allows the author to... Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by Robert T. OKEEFFE
Summary: Pietistic Nihilism, Subtle Narcism, Soap Opera Discourse.
The story is simple soap opera fare. Read more
This is the third of Kundera's books I have read and by far my least favorite. I had previously read The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality. Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by A. Bonomo
It is true that 'Farewell Waltz' is among Kundera's lighter novels and does not pack as much of a philosophical punch as some of his other works. Read morePublished on November 27, 2006 by Eddy
It is a strange story .. at the beginning you might think it is one of those books dealing with something that could happen everyday .. Read morePublished on October 13, 2002 by rannoon
After having read the other reviews all praising this book, I felt an obligation to voice my own opinion. Let me say, first off, that I love Kundera. Read morePublished on April 4, 2000