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"إن جاروميل شاعر، فكيف للمرء أن يكون شاعراً في ظل نظام ديكتاتوري؟ نظام لا تتوفر فيه حرية الفكر. تنبغي الإشارة إلى أن ياروميل لم ينعم بالحرية أبداً، يخنقه حب أمه التي تتعقبه حيثما ذهب، حتى في فراش العشقيات؛ وتخنقه إيديولوجيات وشعارات الحزب الشيوعي؛ يخنقه ذلك الأب الذي لم تتسنَ له معرفته؛ يخنقه حبه لفتاة لا يجدها جميلة؛ ويخنقه نظرته الضيقة للعالم.."
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Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 349 pages
Published 2012 by المركز الثقافي العربي (first published 1969)
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Mutasim Billah
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech
“You think that just because it's already happened, the past is finished and unchangeable? Oh no, the past is cloaked in multicolored taffeta and every time we look at it we see a different hue.”

Life is Elsewhere is Kundera's parody of youth and adolescence. It ridicules the ego of young artists and makes a folly out of sanctified values of the time: motherhood, poetry, revolution, nationalism. Don't get me wrong: Kundera will never sound that harsh, he puts forward his satire with tenderness m
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Kevin Ansbro
"Mother love stamps the foreheads of boys with a stigma that repels the friendship of buddies."
—Milan Kundera, Life is Elsewhere

From the day he was born, Czechoslovakian baby, Jaromil, is spoon-fed poetry and spoilt rotten by his coddling mother. So it's no surprise that the boy becomes brattish and ostentatious, incurring the enmity of his peers. And each time it rained, his mother would wait for him at the school gates with a big umbrella, while his schoolmates waded through puddles, their
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Chrissie
I finished this book wondering if I had understood correctly what the author was trying to say. I have all sorts of ideas, but they don't hold together into one cohesive message. If I don’t understand the book, how can I give it more stars?

The pluses are that the book keeps you thinking, it has sentences that cleverly hint at philosophical messages and lots of amusing lines. The humor is satirical irony.

The sentence in the GR book review stating that this novel is, “an ironic story epic that h
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Eszter
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first hundred pages or so made me really anxious because i just couldn't make myself like the book, and who am i, really, if i am actively disliking a book by kundera?? i was like, yeah, uh huh, i get what you're doing with the misogyny, but please, either knock it off or redeem your little monster of a protagonist, stat. and why are there still two hundred more pages left? what. a. chump. (though i was hoping he was just toying with me.)

then! before i knew what was happening, kundera zipped
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Joané Gous
I don't know what it is exactly that makes me want to write my first ever review on Goodreads after reading this novel, and yet, after reading it, I know it is impossible to simply let it go. So here goes...

Every time I pick up a Kundera novel I'm certain that I am either going to love or hate the novel. This one, within the first few pages, convinced me that I was going to hate it. After forty pages I despised it. The lead character is a self-centered sorry excuse of a human being, who has no i
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Greg Brozeit
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This year is the fiftieth since Kundera finished writing Life is Elsewhere (publication came a few years later). Although the plot is connected to an era of Czech history, I couldn’t help but impose my own experiences and contemporary events to my reading of it. That is the mark of great literature; it steps outside of its obvious confines as it emerges to illuminate universal and eternal questions. Don’t be fooled by the simple prose of this hypnotizing novel, its observations are percipient in ...more
Sarah Capps
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Because real life is elsewhere. The students are tearing up the cobblestones, overturning cars, building barricades; their irruption into the world is beautiful and noisy, illuminated by flames and greeted by explosions of tear-gas grenades. How much more painful was the lot of Rimbaud, who dreamed about the barricades of the Paris Commune and never got to it from Charleville. But in 1968 thousands of Rimbauds have their own barricades, behind which they stand and refuse any compromise with th ...more
Sohaib
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This novel is like you. It too would like to be other novels, those it might have been."

My third book for Kundera after The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Identity, and again, he doesn't disappoint.

Kundera keeps the authorial voice of a third-person omniscient narrator, guiding (perhaps controlling) our perception and understanding of the events as they unfold. The quotation above is an example, slightly though with a tinge of arrogance in the assumption that he (Mr. Narrator) knows us (the
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Lucie Novak
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of his less known books. Interesting also by his recent problem of being accused of being a police informant in his youth. It is complicated. People who never lived under a totalitarian regime do not understand the complexity.
But the poet in this book betrays his friends, too, under pressure. Well written look in the past. I read the book as a samizdat- typed on shewets of paper, passed between friends, in danger of getting into great trouble if found. You can read it in the comfort of knowi
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Deea
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so want to write a review for this book as it's sooo good. If only I could find a bit of time for writing these days! I hope I will before I start to forget what I want to write.
Tej
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Life is elsewhere’ is about what?

The question albeit futile, is pertinent from the exigency of not finding a well-knit congruent conglomeration of all the individually worthwhile ideas, pieces of brilliance that overtly or even covertly (raked my neural synaptic exchanges to discover) do not congeal into brilliant splendor which for me pulls this work down quite decidedly. I picked it up on whim based on the title and the descriptive excerpt although the greatest backing was the ‘Unbearable Li
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Tabarek Raad
Jun 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: kundera
Shrieking, hard, irritating, and intimidating, fit only for belief revision, here is the work as an invitation for reconsideration, not merely a novel. Life is Elsewhere dislocates its readers and gets us out of the comfort zone, bringing us face to face with our worst fears. What if our lives did not really matter and what if our emotions were merely pathetic!
Elizabeth
Apr 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would not recommend
Shelves: fiction
I've been trying to finish this book for four years. I'm giving up on it. Sorry!
Kritanya
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not easy to truly describe the experience of reading a book by Milan Kundera. His prose is elusive and leaves you with the feeling like you're floating on nothing. I'm not sure how to even classify his writing style because I haven't read a lot of similar authors - I would say poetic, satirical and allegorical, or perhaps a combination of it. It starts out with one thing and ends in some kind of a profound and yet completely ordinary realization. I guess that's what I like about his books.

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Bob Newman
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nerdy Wordsmith Rats On Flame, Conks Out Young"

Fidel Castro and his bearded men charged down out of the Sierra Maestra and paraded victorious through the streets of Havana to delirious cheers of adoring crowds. Mao Tsetung arrived with his vast armies at Beijing and declared that "China had stood up". The `Internationale' played and a brave new world began. We dreamed we would change the world as youths, we might die for a great cause, we yelled at barricades (of whatever material-or perhaps th
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Kat Stromquist
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, but it's probably not for everyone.

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
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Keith MacKenzie
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shook me to my very bones. I was a young man of about 25 working at a coffee kiosk in Victoria, BC, and reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being, when one of my customers suggested Life is Elsewhere as a Kundera book I'd probably like. It got me right in the jugular, and probably was a perfect storm for me. If I had read it a few years earlier or a few years later it may not have had the resonance it did have, and I don't even plan to read it again, because I know a re-read would ruin ...more
Kent Winward
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kundera's novels appeal to my aesthetics in ways that few authors can accomplish. Part 6 is worth the entire book, just to show what some structural changes can do to add depth and breadth to a story. Also, on how utterly incapable we are of truly knowing other people. It is refreshing to be told a story in a way that is unique and not formulaic.

The Rimbaud and Lermontov counterpoint to Jaromil resonates like great poetic images.

Jaromil is Kundera's lyrical soul incarnate, incorporating all of
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J.M. Hushour
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice subtitle for this one might be "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Idiot" and it's probably still more relevant than you might think. It is the story of a young man, almost disturbingly attached to his mother and she to him, who tries to be a poet in the political turmoil of post-WW2 Czechoslovakia. It's more a meditation on the idiocy of the upstart and immature and the almost-guaranteed failure of naive idealism, which plays such a big part today in American culture, at least, though you ...more
Artemis
I always find it hard to accurately appraise books whose protagonists I hate. Both Jaromil and his mother are small and odious, and my distaste is magnified by the fact that Jaromil is a character whom, if portrayed through a different narratorial lens, I likely would have loved. That’s the point of this book, though, a biting and deeply effective critique of the lyrical poet — and often Kundera seamlessly transitions into speaking of Hugo and Rimbaud and Pushkin in the same breath (and indeed l ...more
Blake
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: postmodern
For me this a really well written, awful book. I feel like Kundera wasted his considerable talents tackling the issues of adolescent male sex anxiety and wanting-to-be-an-adult-already and created the whiniest, most self-centered worm of a protagonist I've read. He's investigations into the nature and purpose of poetry and the life of a poet are good, and his descriptions of interior life are superb, but both are too few and far between to make up for the whole. Even if the Poet were likable in ...more
Corey Pung
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is Elsewhere is Kundera’s brazen send-up of the world of poetry, particularly the world of poets who involve themselves with politics. It follows in the tradition of the nineteenth century novel where your given the main character’s life from birth onwards, although it does cut out portions, a la A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The main character is Jaromil, a man who has a painfully awkward childhood (complete with a few hysterically funny scenes) who grows up to believe he’s dest ...more
Dariana
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milan Kundera sets the destiny of a whole generation under the sign of failure.



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
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Christopher Herz
This is one of my top 5 novels of all time. For me, it has everything I need in a book. That quality that makes you put it down and say, or scream DAMN! HOW DID HE DO THAT?

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
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Daniela (Only If For A Page)
For the majority of this book, I thought how Kundera was maybe not for me anymore, that I could still see how clever and sarcastic his work was but I just didn't feel like being thrown into the ugly pond of it all, so I wasn't going to play his game... but the last part with the inside Joke changed things and I can't help being impressed once again. Well done.

(A few days later)
But... I'm rating books mainly based on my enjoyment and it just wasn't there for the most part. I do think it is a ver
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Neil Strauss
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The same girl who turned me on to the Calvino book loaned me this one. And though she regularly thwarted my amorous ambitions, I am forever grateful. For I think about this book on a daily basis: it tells the story of a boy named Jamoril, born to be a great poet. However, swept up in the pressures of family and the politics of the time, he becomes a hack instead. Every day, we all must make this choice, between living to our fullest potential or getting bogged down in the details of the small co ...more
James
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitteleuropa
Like falling from one dream into another this novel takes you on a journey into the adolescence of a poet. Peeling away layers of personality the poet protagonist is revealed to be a human with all the ridiculous accouterments that attend to the artist. Kundera at his best in the sense that he portrays life with a broad philosophic and humane touch. For those who enjoy ideas and feeling the sublime this is a great novel.
Jonfaith
My late 20s illustrated a certain cooling of conviction. It was a grassy hill in early spring, I believe I had bought this new and found my own views on poetry and revolution echoed, Hell, anticipated by Kundera. This is a novel of resignation.
Adam
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Sentimental Education" for the next century.
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Read again after 10+ years. Remains exemplary, effortlessly brilliant.
Amirtha Shri
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Why was he so foolish as to want to step on to the throat of his own song? What was the sense of giving up poetry for the sake of revolution?"

Jaromil, a plunged product of mother's prodigious love, transforms from a pet to an artist to a poet to a communist, and somehow cannot be all of them at the same time which is possibly the bane of his existence. Each transfiguration subverts a part of his flatness and adds to him something unsavory. This book has so much substance scattered all over and
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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 French citizen in 1981. He is best known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.

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