First Edition of Milan Kundera's The Festival of Insignificance; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication

  • The Festival of Insignificance: A Novel.

The Festival of Insignificance: A Novel.


Item Number: 26003

New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2015.

First edition of Kundera’s eleventh fictional work. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed and dated by Milan Kundera in the the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the French by Linda Asher.

The Guardian stated that "...there’s something very appealing in the flavour and personality of this new short novel..." The Guardian states that while "[p]erhaps the textures of the novel are thin, and perhaps it does seem to circle around some missing centre – of drive, or story. But then again, that’s part of the point: everything ends in Ramon’s hymn to insignificance, celebrating the life that doesn’t signify anything, the world that is just itself “in all its obviousness, all its innocence, in all its beauty”. And indeed this austere prose – with its elusive ironies, and aura of the 18th century – works beautifully, just as itself, in Linda Asher’s translation from the French.

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