Life is Elsewhere

Author(s): Milan Kundera; Aaron Asher (Translator)

Modern & Contemporary Literature

The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ("innocence with its bloody smile" ), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780571197774
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : September 2000
  • : 197mm X 127mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 891.8/6354
  • : 891.8/6354
  • : English
  • : English
  • : Milan Kundera; Aaron Asher (Translator)
  • : Milan Kundera; Aaron Asher (Translator)
  • : New edition
  • : New edition
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Other book format
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Other book format
  • : 272
  • : 272