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Slowness was Milan Kundera's first novel written in French. Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows him through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated in time by more than two hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and ridiculous. As Kundera's readers would expect, Slowness is at the same time a formidable display of existential analysis. Slowness (and rapidity), discretion (and exhibitionism) are the principal concepts, and those which are to the reader like vital keys ...

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Aug 22, 2007

Petite and perfectly formed

I'm a big Kundera fan and have read most of his other books. Slowness is different to his earlier books in that it is significantly smaller and was orignally written in French (rather than his native Czech). However, it is still brimming with Kundera's typically astute observations on life, love - and specifically in this novel - the pace at which we live our lives. Kundera postulates that we (well, some of us) live quickly in order to forget our forgettable lives.
Readable in three or four hours, this is a great introduction to Kundera for the uninitiated, and a by no means slight addition to his oeuvre for those who have read him before.

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