A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier when they chose to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? The truth is that after such a long absence "their memories no longer match." We...more
Irena e Josef si incontrano per caso. Il loro incontro dura pochissimo, il tempo di iniziare una storia d’amore e di considerarla finita senza averla mai vissuta....more
Ignorance is a modern retelling of The Odyssey, focusing on two emigrants who were forced from their native Czech Republic during the reign of Communism in 1968. Irena flees to Paris with her husband Martin while Josef ends up settling in Denmark. Irena and Josef had met and flirted in a Czech bar briefly years before in their twenties, and they meet by chance again in their homeland after the dust has settled from the collapse of Communism in 1989. While their memories of that first en...more
I like Kundra because he doe...more
What matters is kept in obvious relief: emotions, words, and decisions. Although not everyone is an e...more
It's my first time to read a Milan Kundera book and as I've heard, he really is great author who mostly conveys to books in both Czech and French, apparently cause he's Czech and French. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke. (but I don't even know every single book he wrote except this one)
So there I was stumbling in this book at my local bookstore and I was so intrigued by...more
I finished reading “Ignorance” by Milan Kundera and I feel like sharing about the book. I had already written about it before I started reading it.
As I was expecting, he has handled this difficult concept in very complex way but it is a great reading. The book looks at the concept of Ignorance from the point of view of Czech expatriates who had left their home country due to communism and have now returned after twenty years....more
An over arching concept of the book is the comparison of a modern day homecoming (post cold war, pre myspace) with that of Odysseus returning to Greece. However, don't feel like you have to be an emegree to enjoy th...more
Although I like Milan Kundera as an author, I read this book for my book club meeting. It was very interesting to hear how the others related to the story or what they took from it because I realised that to certain extent it takes to be someone from 'Eastern block' to fully...more
أثناء القراءة –وهي تجربة جميلة جدا- بدا لي أن الكتاب عبارة عن عمل فلسفي كتب بطريقة قصصية شيّقة، وليس العكس، أعني لم يبدو الأمر أني أقرأ نصا سرديّا غنيّا بالفلسفة، والغوص "النفسي" العميق، والأفكار المُدهشة. مساحة السرد والوصف تتراجع، دون أن يختفي وهجُ حضورها.
"يتكشّف لنا الحنين على أنه ألم الجهل" يقول كونديرا، الذي يتحدّث عن العودة بطريقةٍ فاتنة.
"النهار يُضاء بجمال البلد المهجور، والليل برعب العودة. النهار يبين لها الجنة...more
Or maybe it's me craving more meaning and more connection to others and more certainty in life - none of which you can...more
Ignorance is the first book I have read by Milan Kundera, author of the Incredible Lightness of Being. The focus of Ignorance is two people, Josef and Irena, who flee Czechoslovakia when it is taken over by the Soviets and for more than twenty years make new lives as immigrants in Copenhagen and Paris, respectively. After two decades in exile they retu...more
The main characters, Irena and Josef, had fled Czechoslovakia and remained in exile...more
"I imagine the feelings of two people meeting again after many years. In the past they spent some time together, and therefore they think they are linked by the same experience, the same recollections. The same recollections? That's where the misunderstanding starts: they don't have the same recollections; each of them retains two or three small scenes from the past, but each has his own; their recollections are not similar; they don't intersect; and even in terms of quantity they are not compar...more
الفكرة الرئيسية هنا هي النوستالجيا ، وأي شيء يحكي عن الحنين يعجبني ! فكرة الغياب ثمّ العودة ، فكرة الوقوف على عتبات الذاكرة التي وُزّعت على مدننا التي تركناها خلفنا.
وهذه المدن قد تكون حقيقية فيزيائياً، أو فكرة معنوية ابتعدنا عنها ، نشاهد انفسنا في أعين...more
Kundera has written in both Czech and French. He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not conside...more