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READ DOWNLOAD ê Die Unsterblichkeit é In einem Fitness Club ber den D chern von Paris sitzt Milan Kundera, Autor und Figur der Unsterblichkeit, und beobachtet, wie eine etwa sechzigj hrige Frau Schwimmstunden nimmt Zum Abschied winkt sie dem Schwimmlehrer noch einmal zu und macht dabei eine so grazi se Handbewegung, da der Betrachter beschlie t, diese Geste, die die ganze unertr gliche Leichtigkeit des Seins zu enthalten scheint, der Heldin seines Romans, Agnes, zum Geschenk zu machenAls w rden auch wir auf diese Weise in den Roman gewunken zu Agnes, der scheinbar therischen, die ein erotisches Doppelleben f hrt zu Laura, ihrer ein bi chen sentimentalen Schwester, die mit dem Journalisten Bernard nicht gl cklich werden darf, weil dessen Geschw tz im Radio den Autor jeden Morgen zum Wahnsinn treibt und zu Paul, der auf seine Weise bei den Schwestern seine Spuren hinterl t Dar ber unterhalten sich auf h herer Ebene, im Jenseits Goethe in Pantoffeln, mit einer Sonnenblende am Stirnband und Hemingway Aber es gibt in diesem musikalischen Roman eben nicht nur die gro e Unsterblichkeit der Ber hmten, sondern auch diese grazi se Handbewegung, die unvergessen bleibt aufgehoben f r alle Zeiten und unsterblich geworden in diesem Roman This was my first time reading Kundera I picked it up in a bookstore on a whim and was completely enthralled This author has a way of saying things I ve always wanted to say, but never found the words to do so He has a talent for observation that is cleverly, if not blatantly, philosophical He s also very funny But enough about him, since one of his main points is that we all concern ourselves way too much with the personal lives of creative artists rather than their actual work Hence, I s This was my first time reading Kundera I picked it up in a bookstore on a whim and was completely enthralled This author has a way of saying things I ve always wanted to say, but never found the words to do so He has a talent for observation that is cleverly, if not blatantly, philosophical He s also very funny But enough about him, since one of his main points is that we all concern ourselves way too much with the personal lives of creative artists rather than their actual work Hence, I suppose, the reason he gives himself a role in the storyline of the book, Alfred Hitchcock style He also throws in Goethe, Beethoven, Napoleon, and Hemingway and several others to help explain his ideas, and coins terms like ridiculous immortality and hypertrophy of the soul to give us his own sound bites for our minds to chew on.The main storyline reads kind of like a modern Greek tragedy with a twist of French existentialism and several intermissions I don t know if I could recommend it to everyone, but for creative types, depressives, beatniks, and anyone else who has felt like they didn t fit in with the rest of the world, this is a great book To become engaged within the first few pages of a book is always a good sign However, at the back of my mind, history kept telling me that many other novels have started out in the stratosphere only to plummet to the bottom of the ocean Milan Kundera s Immortality , starts great, gets better, and ended with a lump in my throat, and a soul that was struck by a chord No actually, forget the single chord, this waslike an Orchestra going in full swing Kundera has worked wonders here.Witne To become engaged within the first few pages of a book is always a good sign However, at the back of my mind, history kept telling me that many other novels have started out in the stratosphere only to plummet to the bottom of the ocean Milan Kundera s Immortality , starts great, gets better, and ended with a lump in my throat, and a soul that was struck by a chord No actually, forget the single chord, this waslike an Orchestra going in full swing Kundera has worked wonders here.Witnessing a playful, sexual, yet sweet physical gesture of a woman by the swimming pool, begins Kundera weaves a story around this starting gesture Slowly introducing other characters that are part of her life and compares her life in the 20th century with another one a century earlier It is an interesting perspective on what immortality is What do people remember you for is it what you have achieved , or maybe just solely based on the perception that others have of you Are you remembered only by your loved ones, or are you revered or scorned by the entire world These are questions that will definitely get you thinking, and thinking plays an integral part in Immortality, as the words on each and every page only go so far, as Kundera puts the emphasis on the reader to sit comfy, and give his or hers full attention Tried reading on the metro, forget it , this is a book that pays off reading in seclusion as much as possible In a skillful way, new characters silently crawl out of the woodwork, leaving you hanging, only to be bought up randomly somewhere else in some other context This does keep you engrossed, it does also become a pain, but a pain worth putting with.Empathy is slowly drawn into the picture, as characters are slowly woven in an intermittently way, that it strangely sexual and often quite perplexing Kundera s characters acquire psychologies and histories, but they start out and continue to function chiefly as images, provocations a man staring at a wall, or repeating a phrase a woman arguing, putting on her glasses, shaking her head a girl sitting in the middle of a major road amidst rushing traffic These images are not illustrations of pre formed thoughts, but they are not simply pieces of novelistic behaviour either They are meetings between persons and notions, orprecisely, written, re created, invented records of such meetings He is clearly a most confident writer, I mean, Goethe Hemingway in conversation , Genius.There are some beautifully written passages of writing, likened to a philosophical voyage into Paradise, and there IS a wonderfully elegant and provocative story lurking under, indicating a second read may help untangle the knots of uncertainty, as Kundera teases the reader with provocations and paradoxes that require some deep pondering This is a book without conclusion, there really isn t a beginning, middle or end After the closing pages, I was left moved, awestruck, and slightly mentally exhausted Phenomenal..including the best first 2 pages of a book I ve ever read Nesmrtelnost Immortality, Milan KunderaImmortality Czech Nesmrtelnost is a novel in seven parts, written by Milan Kundera in 1988 in Czech First published 1990 in French English edition 345 p., translation by Peter Kussi This novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman, seemingly to her swimming instructor Immortality is the last of a trilogy that includes The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting, and The Unbearable Lightness Of Being 1994 Nesmrtelnost Immortality, Milan KunderaImmortality Czech Nesmrtelnost is a novel in seven parts, written by Milan Kundera in 1988 in Czech First published 1990 in French English edition 345 p., translation by Peter Kussi This novel springs from a casual gesture of a woman, seemingly to her swimming instructor Immortality is the last of a trilogy that includes The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting, and The Unbearable Lightness Of Being 1994 1371 454 1372 1377 9649045281 1378 1379 1381 9644051092 1391 464 9789647443579 20 1393 428 978964725377219881990