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Powerful and seductive chronicle of the life of a sensitive and creative person who expresses his narcissism through writing poetry. Read morePublished 3 months ago by stephen.digby
The novel reads like a transitional work. Kundera had written an excellent novel (The Joke), in which philosophical reflection played only a minor role. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JGF
Who is a poet? A wordsmith who is struggling to grow up. An artist who doesn't know her voice yet. A painter still looking for a signature. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Salik Shah
The title evokes the wanderlust that seems to dwell in all poets--Byron's longing for Greece, Shelley's passion for Ireland, Pound's yearning for the treasures of Europe and Asia. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Lazar
I enjoyed "Life is Elsewhere" despite some tendencies to be tedious in its descriptions of the young poet, Jaromil. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Howie Saefer
The more I read of Milan Kundera the more I am convinced that he is the John Ashbery of prose. Not in the similarities of the former's prose to the latter's poetry, although one... Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Cosmoetica
(Note that this review refers to an earlier translation of the novel)
This is a somewhat schematic work and not at all what it might appear to be to the casual reader. Read more
I bought the book after reading the 1st chapter where "the Poet is conceived". Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. Read morePublished on March 9, 2006 by Maria Atas
Although 'Life is Elsewhere' is not one of Milan Kundera's most celebrated novels, it is without doubt one of the most intimate and beautifully written. Read morePublished on March 3, 2006 by Eddy