May 2009 – The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

This May, genre X will be making a foray back into World Literature with Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Written by Czech-born Kundera in 1979, the novel was the first written after his exile to France in 1975, remains one of the most important of his career, and exemplifies his philosophical style. From Harper Collins Publishers:

“Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.”

Join us for a discussion of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting on Tuesday, May 26 at 8pm at Molly Malone’s in Forest Park. Stop by the Oak Park Public Library‘s Adult & Teen Services with your OPPL library card to pick up a copy (or just to say hi).


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