Identity: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 1999 - Fiction - 176 pages
177 Reviews

There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with, in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own. This also happens with couples--indeed, above all with couples, because lovers fear more than anything else "losing sight" of the loved one.

With stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment, Milan Kundera has made this situation--and the vague sense of panic it inspires--the very fabric of his new novel. Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity, and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly crosses the border between the real and the unreal, between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitude.

Of all contemporary writers, only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel, one of his finest, most painful, and most enlightening. Which, surprisingly, turns out to be a love story.

  

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Kundera's a great writer. - Goodreads
good story, weak ending - Goodreads
But still fairly easy to read. - Goodreads
The plot can get a little difficult to follow at times. - Goodreads
I really do not enjoy Kundera's writing style. - Goodreads
very surreal especially the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sara Choi - Goodreads

This is actually like a 3.8 to me. I like the contemporary feel (compare to his other books). Somehow the ending is not as powerful tho (maybe the length's constrain). Nonetheless a much more powerful than most thicker books in this genre Read full review

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User Review  - Antoniolarsongmail.com - Goodreads

good. id read more Kundera. really gets in to the fragility of relationships and intention Read full review

Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
8
Section 3
11
Section 4
25
Section 5
39
Section 6
42
Section 7
50
Section 8
66
Section 12
89
Section 13
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Section 14
110
Section 15
115
Section 16
125
Section 17
127
Section 18
143
Section 19
147

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
87
Section 20
151
Section 21
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About the author (1999)

The Franco-Czech novelist and critic Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

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