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In one of the finer modern ironies of the life-imitates-art sort, the country that Kundera seemed to be writing about when he talked about Czechoslovakia is, thanks to the latest political redefinitions, no longer precisely there. This kind of disappearance and reappearance is, partly, what Kundera explores in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. In this polymorphous work ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published 2000 by Seix Barral (first published 1978)
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“He was well aware that of the two or three thousand times he had made love (how many times had he made love in his life?) only two or three were really essential and unforgettable. The rest were mere echoes, imitations, repetitions, or reminiscences.”

Ah, the endlessly quotable Kundera. I had to hold myself back from updating my status every other page; there were just so many perfectly composed sentences I wanted to share with you, goodreaders. Sometimes that’s all it takes to win me over, a st
Aug 11, 2007 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ask any Kundera fan which book of his is their favorite, and the answer will inevitably be the first book of his that they read. His unique writing style comes as a revelation at first, but unfortunately can grow irritating the more books of his one reads. "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" is the first one I read, and it holds a special place in my reading history as the one book that I instantly began re-reading as soon as I finished it. If you haven't read Kundera, I would recommend this o ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was funny, but I can't remember why.

[This is actually true, sad to tell]
What is a novel? Or perhaps that question should be, what is a novel for you? Is it a story? Does it have to have a dramatic arc? That’s pretty much what most of us think of when we think of novels. The story could be wholly plot-driven like The Da Vinci Code. It could be character-driven (e.g., Sense and Sensibility). Or it could simply an account of someone’s day (Mrs Dalloway). It could be written as straight-forward narrative (e.g., Madam Bovary) or play with form and structure (e.g., Ulysse ...more
Ian Vinogradus

No Memories of Merriment: Milan Kundera in Heideggerian Mode

"A novel examines not reality but existence. And existence is not what has occurred, existence is the realm of human possibilities, everything that man can become, everything he's capable of. Novelists draw up the map of existence by discovering this or that human possibility. But again, to exist means: 'being-in-the-world'. Thus both the character and his world must be understood as possibilities."

"Love's absolute is actually a
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο. Εφτά ιστορίες, που σε κερδίζουν από την πρώτη σελίδα. Οι πέντε πρώτες λαμβάνουν χώρα στην Πράγα του ’60, στην κομμουνιστική Τσεχία. Είναι σαφείς οι αυτοβιογραφικές αναφορές που σημάδεψαν τον συγγραφέα, που ως γνωστόν εγκατέλειψε την χώρα του οριστικά για την Γαλλία, όπου είχαν απαγορέψει την κυκλοφορία των βιβλίων του και αργότερα του αφαιρέθηκε η υπηκοότητα. Κοινό χαρακτηριστικό, οι κλασικές ερωτικές σκηνές Kundera.

Οι δύο τελευταίες ιστορίες είναι πολύ διαφορετικές. Θα
Jan 24, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the characters in this book says that he intends to write a book about politics and love. And, that is exactly what this is; a book about politics and love. The style of writing is quite different from most other novels; there is not much dialog, mostly narration. And, at least once the author speaks directly to the reader about the book. He describes how Beethoven first popularized the musical form "theme and variations", and that this book is based on the same form. It is built on seven ...more

القراءة الثانية لكونديرا والتي لم تكتمل أيضاً مثل سابقتها من كثرة ما قفزت فوق الفقرات والصفحات !
هذا الكتاب كان محاولتي الثانية للقراءة له ،
ولا أعتقد أنني سأكرر الأمر مرة ثالثة !!

هناك شئ ما خطأ .. شئ يضايقك حين تجد فكرة فلسفية ممتازة بحق ترتدي ثوباً أدبياً سيئاً
شئ ما يجعلك تحزن ، حين تجد فكرة رائعة كان من الممكن التعبير عنها في صورة أدبية رائعة وكلمات ممتازة وقصة شائقة ، وبدلاً من ذلك ، تجد ثوباً أدبياً رديئاً يدور حول هاجس واحد فقط يمتلك الكتاب من بدايته لنهايته !!
فالكتاب ليس رواية واحدة ..
بل مج
Taghreed Jamal el deen
هل عرف التاريخ كاتبا أكثر جنونا منك يا كونديرا ؟!
إن سألتموني عن رأيي بأي رواية لكونديرا سأقول أنها تعجبني ..
- ما الذي يعجبكِ فيها ؟
- لا أدري
- لخّصي لنا موضوعها
- لا أستطيع
صدقا لا أعرف كيف أصف رواياته ولا ما أحبه فيها تحديدا ،
ما أعرفه فقط أنها تعجبني وتلمسني وتدفعني للتفكّر .. وترسم على وجهي ابتسامة كبيرة :)
من بين المجموعة قصة " الليتوست " كانت الأروع
Mahmoud Taher
May 30, 2012 Mahmoud Taher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مجنون لكاتب مجنون يدخلك إلى عوالم غريبة مرة تراه مهتما بالتفاصيل إلى درجة الغوص فى الأعماق البشرية ومرة ترى حديثه عاما إلى درجة تشعرك بنوع من الحكمة والبصيرة تتجلى فى وصف كونديرا الرائع لبعض الأحداث التاريخية والسياسية والتى جاءت فى سياق روايته.
عندما تقرأ هذا الكتاب تشعر بأنك لا تريد أن تتوقف عن قراءته و أحيانا تتركه ولا تستطيع أن تنظر حتى إلى غلافه،مرهق جدا و ربما تكون تلك ميزته ففى كثير من الأوقات كنت تفقد الترابط الذى يميز الرواية كقالب أدبى فربما تقرأ فصلا فى اخر الرواية ثم ترجع لأولها
Jun 06, 2011 Giuseppe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: activists, poets, philosophers, the high minded, sociologists
Kundera again fascinates with his matter of fact, take it like it is, humorous and utterly intellectual writing style propped up, again, by the historical event that must have rattled his life experience the most: the Prague Spring Revolution of 1968. I love this book. It is thought provoking, humorous and at times arousingly-erotic. These facts fail to impede the authors ability to carry a dead serious undercurrent important to the overall experience he seeks to share in this narrative. Kundera ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Roni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weird, weird, weird. Was hoping for quality since it was an international best seller, and who knows, maybe it was just too high-brow for me, but I didn't enjoy it. It concentrates on how communism makes people lose their humanity and become just desire-less, shallow, and brain dead. There are a lot of really uncomfortable sex scenes involving children and others in which the act is just humorous and emotion-less, not even erotic just mechanical but not for the usual reasons of boredom with a pa ...more
Panos Lettas
Apr 13, 2016 Panos Lettas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μυθιστόρημα, διηγήματα, δοκίμιο, αυτοβιογραφία — Μυθιστόρημα με παραλλαγές το αποκαλεί ο ίδιος.
Όπως και να 'χει, δεν μπορώ να πω, τελικά, πως είναι το καλύτερο βιβλίο που έχει γράψει· είναι σίγουρα πάντως το πιο «Κουντέρικο».

4* για μία κάποια αμφιθυμία που μου προκάλεσε σε μερικά σημεία (όχι από τους χαρακτήρες, αλλά από την προσωπική ματιά του).
Mohamed Shady
"أنوى تأليف كتاب يا تامينا ، كتاب حول الحب ، نعم ، حولى وحولك ، حولنا معا ، حول يومياتنا الأكثر حميمية ، يوميات جسدينا. أجل ، أريد أن أحطم فيه كل التابوهات ، وأبوح بكل شئ ، أقول كل شئ عنى ، عن وجودى وعن كل ما أفكر فيه ، وسيكون فى الآن نفسه كتابًا سياسيًا ، كتابًا سياسيًا عن الحب ، وكتاب حبّ عن السياسة .. "
"كتاب حب حول السياسة ، أجل ، لأن العالم ينبغى أن يُخلق على مقاس الانسان ، على مقاسنا ، على مقاس جسدينا ، نعم ، لكى نستطيع يومًا أن نُقبّل بطريقة مختلفة ، وأن نحب بطريقة مختلفة .. "

يمكننا أن نص
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 24, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core
I am sure that Milan Kundera (born 1929) will someday get his Nobel prize for literature. This is my 2nd book by him and he still amused me with his Nietzsche-inspired style of writing. This book, A Book of Laughter and Forgetting in some ways foreshadows his most popular work, my first read of him, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I prefer Unbearable though because it has one plot and one or maybe two themes: that people belong to either lightness or heaviness and that we are living in an inf ...more
Jun 25, 2007 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time an angel heard the devil’s laughter, he was dumbfounded. That happened at a feast in a crowded room, where the devil’s laughter, which is terribly contagious, spread from one person to another. The angel clearly understood that such laughter was directed against God and against the dignity of His works. He knew that he must react swiftly somehow, but felt weak and defenseless. Unable to come up with anything of his own, he aped adversary. Opening his mouth, he emitted broken, spas ...more
I don't get it. Why all the hype? I found the characters and their situations absolutely uncompelling. I felt like I was reading a movie treatment, a sketch for a scenario. Flat, jejune. And aside from the opening image of the borrowed hat and it's disgraced, airbrushed-out lender, I found very little that was striking or poetic in the prose itself. I'm a huge fan of Kundera's non-fiction (especially Testaments Betrayed, a lyrically erudite book, with an elucidating defense of Kafka from Brod-is ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
كونديرا , الصديق اللدود ... و الماكر الذي يتقن السخرية أكثر من الحياة نفسها أحياناً , في "الليشوست" الأول الخاص به
عن الضحك و النسيان ... وبراغ , و تامينا
Sep 17, 2014 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Brilliant in parts, but also messy and uneven. It is a twisting novel of lovers, sex, names, poets, poltiics, borders, history, memory, nations and being. It slides from one original idea into another like remote lovers in a well lubricated orgy of ideas. I don't know if it loses me because I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being so much more, or if Kundera just failed to grab me by the intellectual shorthairs. I'm almost positive I would probably rate it higher if I had the chance to tease ou ...more
Farhan Khalid
This book is a novel in the form of variations

The various parts follow each other like the various stages of a voyage leading into the interior of a thought, interior of a single, unique situation

Struggle of man

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting


His connection to his life was that of a sculptor to his statue or a novelist to his novel. It is an inviolable right of a novelist to rework his novel. If the opening does not please him, he can rewr
Robert Stewart
Dec 16, 2012 Robert Stewart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm either the victim of a terrible translation, or robbed of my igorance about the supposed brilliance of Milan Kundera's writing. Based on his reputation and the endorsement of many well-read friends, I knew I would get around to reading him one day. Well, this Harper Perennial Classics edition is rife with typesetting errors (whole paragraphs appear twice, and sometimes not consecutively, which is maddening), typos are all over the place, and I'm pretty sure this Aaron Ahser translation is th ...more
Dina Nabil
Feb 01, 2016 Dina Nabil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

هي روايتي الاخيرة مع العزيز ميلان كونديرا بعد انتهاء قراءتي في رواياته الاخرى جميعها ، و لن توجد نهاية اجمل من تلك التي اهداها لي العزيز كونديرا في "كتاب الضحك و النسيان"

الكتاب الاكثر سيريالة علي الاطلاق من اعمال كونديرا ففيه يتنقل بحرية المحنك و الكاتب الذى لا يهتم ابدا باراء الاخريين بين القصة القصيرة و الرواية و المذكرات الشخصية و فن المقال ... تركيبة لن تنجح ابدا الا ببصمة كونديرا و حتي بها تبدو الفوضي -التي لم يهتم بتنظيمها- هي السائدة تبلبل ذهن القارئ
لكن الرحلة تلك بكل صعوبتها و تقلباتها ت
بداية دعونا نتفق أن هذا الكاتب مجنون , مجنون تماما , مجنون جدا
والأمر الثاني الذي اود قوله حول هذا الكتاب هو أنني أفهم السبب الذي يجعل الأحزاب اليسارية " بعضها على الأقل " تجعل من هذا الكاتب مهرطقا ومن قراءة كتاباته عملا شائنا .
ففضلا عن كونه أحد المفصولين من الحزب الشيوعي في بلاده فالرجل ناقم على الشيوعين وعلى ما فعلوه ببلاده وكما يقول المثل لم يبق لهم سترا مغطىً. وهذا أمر رائع بالنسبة لي !
عن ماذا يتحدث هذا الكتاب تحديدا ؟ هكذا سألني شقيقي فلم أعرف من أين أبدأ ! عن الغزو السوفيتي , عن الشيوعيين
Dusty Myers
A novel written as theme-and-variations, in line with the musical genre. In seven parts, Kundera (as a very present, questioning narrator) posits various relationships among Czechs in the time of their country's ongoing fragility and strife. These relationships are often sexual, usually orgyistic. Sex is treated as a kind of performance of personal freedom and connectivity amid such national decay, even though in the end it never brings people fully together. Likewise, Kundera's seven parts don' ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Почнав да запишувам белешки и цитати од книгава како и секојпат кога читам книга, ама по некое време сфатив дека ќе треба скоро цела да ја препишам и обележам. :)
Одамна го немав читано Кундера, ми фалеше неговата брилијантност и умешност со зборовите, онаа нагова навидум невина и непосредна сугестивност која те тера да завеслаш помеѓу реките реченици мислејќи дека ти управуваш со чамецот и додека сфатиш тој веќе ги презел веслата. Ама тоа не ти смета, оставаш да те води и единствено што ти прео
Aug 20, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από την πρώτη επαφή με τον κόσμο του Κούντερα -με την Αθανασία στα 19 μου- μέχρι σήμερα για μένα σταθερή συγγραφική αξία. Έξυπνος, κυνικός, δεικτικός μέσα από φαντασιακούς παραλληλισμούς και ωμό ρεαλισμό σε παρασύρει στο μέρος που θέλει κάθε φορά αναμειγνύοντας την ψυχολογία, τη μυθοπλασία, το δοκίμιο και την αυτοβιογραφία. Ένας μεγάλος συγγραφέας που δείχνει το εύρος του στα μεγάλα και μικρά κείμενά του.
أول كتاب عربي أخلصه، يجوز من أكتر من سنة. وكمان خلصته بسرعة مستغرباها.. جزء منه لاني كنت عايزة أقرأ بجد. وكنت بدور على أي وجبة آكلها.. وجزء منها لإن الكتاب سريع وسريالي.. السنة الأخيرة اكتشفت شغفي بالسريالية. ودا أكتر شيء حبيته في الكتاب. مجموعة قصص مرتبطة وغير مرتبطة ورا بعض. لهم خيط أحمررفيع بينسج مجموعة أفكار مكررة بين القصص، أقواهم الحب والشهوة والحدود والموت، وأقلهم هو الضحك.. ودا كان غريب بالنسبة لي، لاني مش قادرة أربط مابين عنوان الكتاب والكتاب نفسه.. حاسة كإنه عنوان مقتحم أو سمعه لطيف عش ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
294. The Book of Laughter And Forgetting, Milan Kundera
(کتاب خنده و فراموشی - میلان کوندرا (روشنگران
Noor Sabah
Mar 21, 2016 Noor Sabah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" لان الحب سؤال دائم

نعم لست اجد تعريفا للحب افضل من هذا"..

اتفق معك ومع فلسفتك يا كونديرا ..
Amal 88
عبث في كل مكان ؛ عبثية الذاكرة ، عبثية التاريخ والماضي المنسي الذي لا يذكره ولا يهتم له أحد ، عبثية السخرية الباعثة على الضحك ، عبثية العمق وبلوغ الحد ، عبثية الجسد الشئ ، وعريه الرمز ، عبثية الزمن الذي يمضي إلى الأمام ، بتسارع إلى النهاية ، عبثية الشعور بالندم ، ألا تبعث هذه العبثيات على الحزن !

تامينا المغروسة وسط لوحة يتصدر خلفيتها تاريخ براغ الثقيل ، الشخصية الرئيسية صاحبة الأذن المصغية والتي تدور حولها وعنها الحكايات الأخرى وهي الساعية في كمال لجمع ذكريات حبها الأخرس لزوجها المتوفي .

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Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.

Kundera has written in both Czech and French. He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not conside
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“Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you've brought breakfast in bed you'll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.” 410 likes
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