The Art of the Novel

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Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on Hermann Broch, and his exploration of the world of Kafka's novels vividly reveals the comic terror of Kafka's bureaucratized universe.

Kundera's discussion of his own work includes his views on the role of historical events in fiction, the meaning of action, and the creation of character in the post-psychological novel.


  • 001_The Art of the Novel

    Duration: 31min
  • 002_Part Two_Dialogue on the Art of the Novel

    Duration: 43min
  • 003_Part Three_Notes Inspired by The Sleepwalkers

    Duration: 38min
  • 004_Part Four_Dialogue on the Art of Composition

    Duration: 48min
  • 005_Part Five_Somewhere Behind

    Duration: 32min
  • 006_Part Six_Sixty-three Words

    Duration: 59min
  • 007_Part Seven_Jerusalem Address The Novel and Europe

    Duration: 16min
  • sample

    Duration: 01min