A Novel
Translated by Linda Asher

After the gravity of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality, Slowness comes as a surprise: it is certainly Kundera's lightest novel, a divertimento, with, as the author himself says, "not a single serious word in it."

Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, sperated by more than two-hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic, finally culminating in poignant cross-century encounter sure to linger in the reader's mind

Despite Kundera's disclaimer about the novel's seriousness, Slowness resonates with a profound meditation on contemporary life, the secret bond between slowness and memory, the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed.

Title Slowness
Subtitle A Novel
Author Milan Kundera
Translated by Linda Asher
Publisher Harper Perennial
Title First Published 21 May 1997
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 176 p.
ISBN-10 0060928417
ISBN-13 9780060928414
Publication Date 21 May 1997
Main content page count 176
Weight 16 oz.

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