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Kundera, Milan (Translated by Linda Asher). THE ART OF THE NOVEL. New York City, NY: Grove Press, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 165 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of essays on subject. One of the greatest literary texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Milan Kundera's "Art du roman" in a felicitous English translation. The artistic manifesto of the "postmodern" novelist of our time. Written (in French, his fully-mastered second language) with a strong philosophical and aesthetic background, the book's value is as the perfect antidote to the countless, dreary, and useless "critical theory" studies churned out by unimaginative and mediocre university professor-hacks (mostly French). One of the most eloquent books on the novelist's art, it is indispensable to a greater understanding of Milan Kundera's roots, influences, and deeply held beliefs and the possibilities that remain for the novel (no longer such a novelty in our predominantly visual culture) as an art form. Wise, tender, poetic, intelligent, and witty, as is to be expected from Kundera's novels, and to be found in these brilliant and accessible essays, too. An absolute "must-have" title for Milan Kundera collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are subsequent printings, the Softcover Edition, or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MILAN KUNDERA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0802100112. $50.00

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