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From one of the most distinguished writers of modern times comes a libertine fantasy which is also a profound meditation on contemporary life. Ruminating on how the pleasures of slowness have disappeared in today's fast-paced, future-shocked world, Kundera explores the secret bond between slowness and memory and the connection between our era's desire to forget and the ways in which we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed.

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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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