La lentitud

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Tusquets Editores, 2005 - Fiction - 168 pages
Milan Kundera se sirve a la vez de una novela francesa del siglo XVIII y de una excursión que a él y a su mujer se les antoja hacer a un castillo de Francia convertido en hotel, para ir dando vida a una serie de personajes del pasado y del presente que terminan coincidiendo en un congreso de entomólogos que se celebra en sus salones. Personajes e historias de ayer y de hoy van entrelazándose de tal manera que a nadie sorprendera, por ejemplo, que un hombre enfundado en un casco de motociclista, azorado e impaciente, se aleje en su moto a toda velocidad, mientras otro, con una peluca blanca, adormilado y ensimismado, se sube a una calesa que parece salida de una estampa del pasado : el primero desea sin duda dejar algo tras de sí a toda prisa ; el segundo, en cambio, parece disponerse a rememorar, al paso lento del caballo, la noche que acaba de pasar con la intrigante y seductora Madame de T.

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About the author (2005)

One of the foremost contemporary Czech writers, Kundera is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His play The Keeper of the Keys, produced in Czechoslovakia in 1962, has long been performed in a dozen countries. His first novel, The Joke (1967), is a biting satire on the political atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. It tells the story of a young Communist whose life is ruined because of a minor indiscretion: writing a postcard to his girlfriend in which he mocks her political fervor.The Joke has been translated into a dozen languages and was made into a film, which Kundera wrote and directed. His novel Life Is Elsewhere won the 1973 Prix de Medicis for the best foreign novel. Kundera has been living in France since 1975. His books, for a long time suppressed in his native country, are once again published.The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), won him international fame and was a successful English-language film. In this work Kundera moves toward more universal and philosophically tinged themes, thus transforming himself from a political dissident into a writer of international significance.

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