Milan Kundera’s Slowness – Making It Slow

  title={Milan Kundera’s Slowness – Making It Slow},
  author={Timothy Jones},
  journal={Review of European Studies},
  • Timothy Jones
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Art
  • Review of European Studies
The Czechoslovak author Milan Kundera’s first novel in French, Slowness, compares the heady speed of contemporary life unfavourably with the slowness of the eighteenth-century, epitomised for Kundera’s narrator by Vivant Denon’s novella No Tomorrow. A deconstruction of Slowness’ arguments reveals that its narrator is complicit with the trends he decries and so his own rhetoric is as malignly influenced by speed as that of the twentieth-century characters he denounces. His representations of… 

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