Life Is Elsewhere

Life Is Elsewhere

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Baker & Taylor
Now available after having been out of print, this edition of the classic epic of adolescence, set against the backdrop of the communist revolution, includes a new postface by the author, as well as a new, clearer translation. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.


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.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [2000]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780060997021
Branch Call Number: FICTION KUNDE...M
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Asher, Aaron
Notes: Written first in Czech; published in French as La vie est ailleurs


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Feb 04, 2017

Overall it was interesting (especially at the end) but some parts were confusing. In the middle book was a bit boring but I glad that i kept reading and finished it. The ending concludes everything.


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