Laughable Loves Paperback – Sep 1999
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"An intellectual heavyweight and a pure literary virtuoso, Milan Kundera takes some of Freud's most cherished complexes and irreverently whirls them about in acts of legerdemain that capture our darkest, deepest human passions?The tales in "Laughable Loves" surprise and illuminate?Kundera's world is complex, full of mockeries and paradoxes. Life is often brutal and humiliating; it is often blasphemous, funny, irritating."-- Abe Ravitz, "Cleveland Plain Dealer""Milan Kundera offers a very special blend of sympathy and cynicism, irony and affability, that is unmatched in our literature." -- Thomas Joyce, " Chicago Sun-Times" "Light, wry, and wise."-- John Skow, "Time""Buoyantly energetic and virtuosic."-- Walter Clemons, "Newsweek" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera is a collection of seven masterful short stories which were banned upon their appearance in 1968. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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In Laughable Loves we are presented with characters that often seem to behave like cut-outs being pushed across a stage whose set is alien to them. They often seem only partially engaged with their own lives, even lost in their surroundings, no matter how familiar they are claimed to be. They are apparently controlled by others, perhaps by forces not only beyond their control, but also beyond their influence, even beyond their experience.
On the surface, however, this is not a book about totalitarianism or overt control. There are hardly any overtly political themes or references. As a background, as might be expected, this seems to be taken as given. There are references to a faceless system here and there, but this in no Kafka-esque construction of an all-embracing and constraining reality. In Laughable Loves Milan Kundera seems to imprison people primarily within the demands of their own humanity. They seem to be enslaved by their own, inevitable, controllable but not controlled urges. This is fundamental behaviour that they think they can control, but the fact that they cannot confirms that it controls them.
And, of course, the urge of sex, the reality of sex, the realisation of sex, the promise of sex, the deferment of sex, the doing of sex, all of these vie for the forefront of consciousness, their common factor apparently both the motive and the end of all intent.Read more ›
`Laughable loves' is a collection of 7 love stories written in (the then) Czechoslovakia, in the 60s. Differently to `The Joke' (which I read a few weeks ago), here Kundera allows politics to remain in the background, although it's interesting to read through the lines and imagine the authoritarian background against which the love stories Kundera describes play themselves out.
There's a thread running through all seven love stories, and I suppose it's evident in the title: they're all laughable!Read more ›
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The first time I'd read early Kundera, but I wasn't disappointed. These 7 short stories about the game of love are highly entertaining, and packed with Kundera's trademark... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. S. Harris
this book was so boring and i would not recommend it..theres a lot of short stories but i found them all to be so plain and boring..waste of moneyPublished on 26 Jan. 2012 by Dee
A set of Kundera-style short stories about love and how it often turns out to be laughable. Intelligent and entertaining.Published on 5 Dec. 2000
A set of Kundera-style short stories about love and how it often turns out to be laughable. Intelligent and entertaining.Published on 21 Aug. 2000