Life Is Elsewhere
Life Is Elsewhere
Translated by Aaron Asher

The author intially intended to call this noel, The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes scarosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made hima poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile"!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.

Title Life Is Elsewhere
Author Milan Kundera
Translated by Aaron Asher
Publisher Harper Perennial
Title First Published 01 August 2000
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 432 p.
ISBN-10 0060997028
ISBN-13 9780060997021
Publication Date 01 August 2000
Main content page count 432
Weight 16 oz.

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