Identity: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 1999 - Fiction - 176 pages
382 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  - Maria Julieta - Goodreads

The silly me cries over this story about love which is not even intentioned to be a love story; neither is it dedicated to romantics, lovers and couples. It was a story about how one thinks, acts and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mariana Borati - Goodreads

I recently bought a box set of Kundera novels and decided to start with "Identity". Having previously read "Unbearable Lightness", which I enjoyed quite a bit, "Identity" felt odd. The narrative is ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 11
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Section 20
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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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