Life is Elsewhere
,كأن كونديرا يكتب من أجل أن يصحح الأخطاء القديمة التي ارتكبها,قرأت سابقاً عنه أنه كان متحمساً للشيوعية ومنتمياً إليها,ولكن ماذا حصل ؟ لم يعد يقف في صف الجماعة,وأخذ يبتعد ويعلن عن خيبة أمله عن طريق الرواية.
جاروميل هذا الشاب الذي كان شاعراً,هاجم به كونديرا سذاجة واندفاع الشباب و الشعر الذي كان كونديرا نفسه يكتبه سابقاً, كان جاروميل متحمساً للثورة الشيوعية بيد أنها أصبحت قمعاً أكثر منه إنقاذ للتشيك , تساءل ذات مرة...more
then! before i knew what was happening, kundera zipped...more
E la vita è altrove, come dice il titolo. La vita di Jaromil è tutta votata da un lato a perseguire l'obiettivo di diventare...more
Mais alors, la vie non plus n’apparaîtrait pas à l’esprit. C’est en effet parce que l’on meurt que l’on vit et parce que l’on vit que l’on meurt. La vie et la mort sont consubstantielles.
L’existence humaine réelle se déploie à partir d’un passé, dans lequel on ne peut reveni...more
I've read a couple of other books by Milan Kundera, and this one fulfills some expectations that The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting created: It's a self-reflective novel where the narrator...more
The hero isn't a young boy from those places and times, but one that lives his painful growth in the age when the communism settled down in Czechoslovakia. He is a vulnerable adolescent, haunted by the fear of pathetic, but he has an extreme purity.
The poet Jaromil is attracted by the ideology of Marx, which promises him a revenge against a world that can not include him. Step by step, he becomes a prisoner of a sys...more
Day two... Jaromil continues to stumble towa...more
The author initially intended to call this novel 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 sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a 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
It's ostensibly about a young poet and his overbearing mother during the period following the Czech communist revolution, but that's basically just an excuse for Kundera to talk about art, poetry, politics, and integrity for four hundred pages. You know, all that human stuff that's a little uncomfortable to talk/read about unless it's done really well. Kundera's ideas are challenging and provocative, but his irrepressible charm ma...more
Milan Kundera seems to transcend writing - I can't explain it or figure out how he did it, but the experience of reading this book made me shake and tremble and wonder if there was magic being spilled onto the pages. The story, characters and writing were all so amazing I feel that no other writer can come close to what he did...more
Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera is the surreal story of Jaromil, a poet growing up in socialist Czechoslovakia who is very close to his mother and idolizes his father who died in a concentration camp during WW2. The actual details of the story aren't what is important, but rather the general experiences that Kundera manages to portray. Life Is Else...more
Este libro de Kundera es como cualquier otro, al principio no sabes muy bien hacia donde va la historia y entonces ves como las situaciones se llenan de ironía y de un humor negro que te hacen cuestionar tu...more
Este livro aborda a vida de Jaromil, o poeta, desda infância até a sua morte, sendo que grande parte do livro se concentra na sua adolescência. Para mim Jaromil é em grande parte uma criação da sua mãe, sendo que ao longo do livro percebe-se que é uma relação em que a mãe de Jaromil acha que o filho é a sua vid...more
I found "Life i...more
Is the book that bad? is the next obvious question. And the answer is - it depends ( a typical consultant answer anywhere in the globe) I will like to cite an example in this case to elucidate on my point. The book - My Name is Red, by Orhan Phamuk, a nobel prize winner n...more
(I'd actually give it five stars, had I not...more
The Rimbaud and Lermontov counterpoint to Jaromil resonates like great poetic images.
Jaromil is Kundera's lyrical soul incarnate, incorporating all of...more
Almost surprisingly for a Kundera novel, I can actually summarise this one quite neatly. It’s the story of Jaromil, a boy growing up in Czechoslovakia (true fact: I had to check my history dates in order to know whether to say Czechoslovakia or the Czech Republic), his parents, especially his mother and the influence of social change, love, and family on our live...more
But then I really did read it too quickly, the bulk of it was consumed during a five hour wait in Madrid airport last week. But right now it's pretty fresh, so here goes:
Jaromil, the central character, is repugnant. A young and opportunistic poet willing to aba...more
I like Kundra because he doe...more
Meet Jaromil, Maman beloved one, and Xavier, Jaromil's archenemy. This book is about life, If we cannot change the world, let's at least change our lives and live them freely. If every life is unique, let's live uniquely.(p.46); about dreams, terrible are the wounds / of a murdered dreams. (p. 165); and about death, for the body is temporal and thought is eternal and the shimmering essence of flame is an image of thought (...more
Kundera has written in both Czech and French. He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not conside...more