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Jacques and His Master: An Homage to Diderot in Three Acts

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Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining "variation" on Diderot's novel Jacques le Fatalist, written for Milan Kundera's "private pleasure" in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.

When the "heavy Russian irrationality" fell on Czechoslovakia, Milan Kundera explains, he felt drawn to the spirit of the eighteenth century--"And it seem
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Paperback, 90 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Harpperen (first published 1981)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
نمایشنامه ای در سه پرده. ژاک و اربابش در سفری هستند که مقصد سفر معلوم نیست و به گفته ای: استعاره از سفر زندگی ست. در این سفر «ژاک و اربابش» از ماجراهای عاشقانه خود، و خیانتهای همراه با این عشقها سخن میگویند. «ژاک» با «ژوستین» معشوقه دوستش، همبستر شده، و اربابش نیز به همین شیوه مورد خیانت صمیمی ترین دوستش، قرار گرفته است. در طول راه، آنها وارد مهمان خانه ای میشوند که «مارکیز» زن مهمانخانه دار نیز، از ماجرای عشق نافرجام و انتقامش صحبت میکند. نمایشنامه «ژاک و اربابش» را منتقدان اروپایی مانیفست «خشم ...more
علی
کوندرا را به این دلیل بسیار دوست دارم که مرا در چهارچوب بسته ی یک روایت زندانی نمی کند. خواندن کونرا مثل این است که دوستی را پس از سال ها در یک کافه ملاقات کنید و در حالی که به قصه ی روزگار رفته ی او گوش می دهید، قهوه تان را می نوشید، به موسیقی که از بلندگوی کافه پخش می شود، گوش می کنید، گهگاه متوجه ی صحبت ها و خنده هایی از میزهای کناری می شوید، صدای عبور و مرور خیابان در پس پشت این همه جاری ست، دوره گردی چیزی می فروشد، عبور تراموای، و همه چیز، درست مثل خود زندگی، ...
I like Kundra because he doe
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Negar Khalili
در ابتدا می خواستم کتاب ژاک قضا و قدری رو بخونم، تصادفی باعث شد که این کتاب دستم رسید و بابتش خوشحالم.نمایشنامه ی زیبایی بود.شاید من دیگر کتابهای کوندرا رو بیشتر بپسندم اما این نمایشنامه در نوع خودش جالب و خوندنی و دقیق بود.این موضوع وقتی بیشتر روشن میشه که به کتاب عشق لرزه ی اشمیت فکر می کنم که اگر اشتباه نکنم برداشتی از این کتاب (یا شاید ژاک قضا و قدرِ) بوده....
بعضی جملات کتاب واقعا عالی بودن و من فکر می کنم اگر این نمایشنامه رو در حال اجرا ببینم خیلی بیش از اینها ازش لذت ببرم...
Mostafa Valipour
یکی از زیباترین، جذاب ترین، پرمغزترین، و خواندنی ترین نمایشنامه هایی بود که تا بحال خونده بودم.
از شخصیت پردازیهای خوب و به جا و سبک بیان روان و نوآورانۀ نویسنده گرفته تا فضای خوبِ نمایش و رابطۀ دوست داشتنیِ دو شخصیت اصلی و دیالوگهای گاه احمقانه و گاه فیلسوفانشون.
Gabriela
J'ai bcp aimé le style de Kundera. Je vais lire plus de ses livres. Il a une philosophie incroyable et un langage particulier. Jacque et son maitre et un dialogue entre siecles avec l'oeuvre de Diderot. Tout est le meme, tout reviens, tout devient.
Mohammad
وقتي كوندرا خوان بباشي همه چيزش خوبه حتي اين كتاب متوسط. ولي جالبه حالا كه كوندرا خون نيستم بين جاودانگي و سبكي تحمل ناپذير هستي و شوخي و دون ژوان و بقيه كه به ته فهرست كتابام رفتن. هنوز اين كتاب متوسط باقي مونده.
Talal Faisal
Just Kundera. the intrduction is marvellous and his understanding of art of novel is superb.
Tandis Toofanian
بدبختی بزرگی است که دیگری را، به رغم ِ آنکه دیگر دوستمان نمی دارد، همچنان دوست بداریم
Kyla Crowley
Kundera's book "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" is my favorite novel. "Immortality" is another one of his standout works. He has only written 9 books; the last was in 2000. He has one short story collection and four plays, of which this is one. "Jacques and His Master," as stated, is an homage to Diderot. When I realized how much I loved his novels, I quickly picked up this play, too.

For those who haven't widely read Kundera, you should know he tends towards philosophical musings. I would
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Lausº
Tenía planeado leer este libro, pero antes... iba a leer Jacques El Fatalista. Ese libro (el de Diderot) tiene años en mi lista de libros por leer; pero por más que he intentado encontrarlo, no he tenido suerte. Sí, existe la versión “ebook” y muy económica... pero a pesar de que no soy tan purista con eso de los libros digitales y en papel; me había imaginado tener este libro en físico... y estaba (¿estoy?) renuente a leer el digital.

¡En fin! En cambio, la obra de Kundera, fue muy fácil de loca
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Christopherseelie
I've been trudging through some dense books recently and needed a morning's respite. Kundera is always a pleasure to read, and I was surprised to find him in the drama section of my new used bookstore. More surprises awaited the reading; in the introduction Kundera is unusually open about his perspective on himself. And while reading the play his influences are unusually pronounced. There's a Ionesco reference near the end, and the action has a resemblance to Godot, which was directly referenced ...more
Éclat-de-lumière
Ce qui m’a le plus plut chez Jacques et son maitre, ce n’est pas tant la pièce en tant que péripétie des personnages. Ce qui m’a le plus plut, c’est que cette pièce soit un véritable jeu littéraire.

Jeu sur les récits qui s’enchâssent les uns dans les autres, jeu de variations entre les histoires d’amour des personnages qui sont similaires. Jeu entre les genres littéraires (la pièce brise les conventions théâtrales en faisant des retours en arrière, symbolisé par la scène scindée en deux, en fai
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Maggie
humorous. take it with a grain of salt and you will chuckle at surprising moments. i read/listened to a performance by simon callow of this work. it made a huge difference. without his vocal interpretation i would have missed the humor.
Eric
A good play - Kundera's one and only, written in 1971, his second decade of writing. It's a comedy, and is mostly just a big entertainment, with most of the characters having mirror characters elsewhere in the play, and much of the plot happening again to other people. A lot of the dialogue overlaps as well. In short, an experimental play, but one that works. I just didn't find it totally rewarding, like most of his novels.
khashayar
It is Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist who is used to tell "tout ce qui nous arrive de bien et de mal ici-bas était écrit là-haut". Kundera's Jacques is more than a fatalist. In this dramatized play by Kundera we are once again torn off between the contradictory extremes lightness/weight. It is not about the fate; I believe, it is more about memory and the way we remember things.
Cărăşălu
Un exercițiu literar foarte interesant. O lectură scurtă și plăcută. Pentru a-mi da mai mult cu părerea, ar trebui să citesc ”Jacques fatalistul” de Diderot, piesa lui Kundera fiind o ”variațiune” la acest roman. Distincția pe care o face autorul între adaptări (rewriting) și variațiuni literare îmi pare foarte interesantă și relevantă.
Matthieu
Clever, witty, funny, Jacques et son Maitre revisits the classical master/valet duo, in a fairly classical garb but with so many overtones and references it'll make you sick. The best part (no kidding) is the preface where Kundera talks about novels and literature (done his way).
Kerem
Dec 30, 2012 Kerem rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: play
Milan Kundera, smart as ever. I also enjoyed the introduction on Sterne, Tristram Shandy, Diderot and Jacques the Fatalist.

This book is a variation on Diderot's book - which I havent read, so, that'll be on my to-read list.

Kent Winward
I think my knowledge of Diderot played into my ranking of this book -- namely, I don't have any knowledge. The play was ribald and enjoyable, but I had the nagging sense I was missing something.
Hossein
مثل اینکه دو آدم هم سطح نمیتوانند مثل آذم با هم حرف بزنند...همیشه باید تضادها را ایجاد کرد.....این کتاب هم مثل کتابهای نوکر واربابی است مثل دت کیشوت و نوکرش....برای گفتن حرفها روش خوبیست
JeanLeslie Baker
Very disturbing novel, couldn't stop thinking about it and how closed, artificial societies in our modern times continue to warp human behavior.
Sourena Kazemi
یک نمایش نامه بسیار قوی با صحنه سازی های بی نظیر
فقط حیف که هیچ وقت نمیشه این نمایش و توی جمهوری اسلامی اجراش کرد
Radka
I guess it depends who plays it ... Studio S in Bratislava was the right place at the right time for me to see it!
Ammon
Kundera's only play. A very elegant dramatization of a very unique novel (Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist).
Mahdokht
just don't worry...some where some thing is written by a certain some one and you aint gonna change it.
Robert Barnett
Performed the American Premier of this play at Case Western Reserve University in 1984. Played The Master.
Svjetlana Kosmerl Vlasic
suzdržana. bilo bi bezobrazno i glupo pisati o ovome, bez čitanja Diderota.
Blue
Non mi hai convinto e anzi mi sono persa più volte!
Rezan
Its the Great play I have ever read. Just great!
kamiar29
كتابي كه بهنظرضعيفه
اگه كسي ميتونه
تحليلش كنه.
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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.

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