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Book Review: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

By Anthony Cummins  

unnamed (3)The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera, tr Linda Asher (Faber, £14.99)

Born in 1929, the exiled Czech novelist Milan Kundera captivated western readers in the 1980s with playful tales of life under communism, shorn of conventional scene-setting and characterisation. The politics gave way to philosophy when he began writing in the tongue of his adopted France, the location for his new novel—as elegant as spun sugar, and about as nutritious. It cuts plotlessly between friends loafing around Paris. Alain eyes women in the park and has imaginary conversations with the mother who…

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