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Loved oneWith stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment Milan Kundera has made this situation and the vague sense of panic it inspires the very fabric of his new novel Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly c This small gripping novel is the story of two lovers Jean Marc and Chantal It moves from one to the other following assumptions emotions beliefs and ideas some shared but mostly held in secret It s about being seen and about how we see each other Identity is not fixed but is drawn from the mirrors around us One of the messages of this novel is that in order to love you need to be certain that you know who the other person is Once you start to doubt your lover s identity love is eroded In this novel when love starts to crumble the lovers encounter their own secret fears For Chantal this means being naked and for Jean Marc it means becoming a beggar The desperation of their own fears drive them back to the safety of their relationshipOne thread of the story concerns Jean Marc and his friend F who is nameless because he is rejected as a friend Jean Marc does not trust F any and withholds recognition of their shared past Throughout the book every trembling inner movement is echoed by some outer event even if only a passing glance or a uick conversation This gives the novel a sure rhythm Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown variations on the meaningful moment Milan Kundera has made this situation and the The Isles vague sense of panic it inspires the KING very fabric of his new novel Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly c This small gripping novel is the story of two lovers Jean Marc and Chantal It moves from one to the other following assumptions emotions beliefs and ideas some shared but mostly held in secret It s about being seen and about how we see each other Identity is not fixed but is drawn from the mirrors around us One of the messages of this novel is that in order to love you need to be certain that you know who the other person is Once you start to doubt your lover s identity love is eroded In this novel when love starts to crumble the lovers encounter their own secret fears For Chantal this means being naked and for Jean Marc it means becoming a beggar The desperation of their own fears drive them back to the safety of their relationshipOne thread of the story concerns Jean Marc and his friend F who is nameless because he is rejected as a friend Jean Marc does not trust F any and withholds recognition of their shared past Throughout the book every trembling inner movement is echoed by some outer event even if only a passing glance or a uick conversation This gives the novel a sure rhythm

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L'Identité

Milan Kundera's Identitynbsp translated from the French by Linda AsherThere are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own That also happens with couples indeed above all with couples because lovers fear than anything else losing sight of the Kundera s second novel to be written in French was a bit of let down for me It felt nothing like the Kundera I ve known from previous books He was trying way to hard here to be French through and through and even though Identity was written in the mid 90s it felt like a script for a nouvelle vague movie of the 50s or 60s It is also told in a spare prose which I m not too sure suits Kundera Having said that there were still glimpses of his genius and the nothing is uite what it seems approach did at least engage me to it s finale Identity is about a couple Chantal and Jean Marc she is recently divorced he is the younger boyfriend and Kundera weaves around the intimacies of the two lovers with flashbacks and dream seuences uncertain recollections of sex and other memories that are fitfully bought back to life And if there s a characteristic motif it is that of red hot blushing which has afflicted Chantal since her younger years which appears to symbolize her desire and embarrassment her anger and apprehension On returning to their apartment after a vacation in which Chantal complains of feeling old because Men don t turn to look at me any Jean Marc decides that what she needs is not a loving gaze but a flood of crude lustful looks settling on her with no good will no discrimination no tenderness or politeness So he begins to send her anonymous letters describing himself as someone spying on her and finding her very beautiful Although the letters at first serve to inflame the couple s lovemaking ultimately they end up backfiring Through a complex process the couple suffer what might be called the shameful objectification that Kundera has described elsewhere as a threat in the intrusive modern era As a result the two become estranged from each other thus losing their identities as lovers As the novel progresses things grows and surreal and Kundera himself even intervenes at the end Seeing is a big theme here where Kundera constantly dwells on the diversities of vision with lots of glances of eyes focused or eyes clouded The outside world is only really represented by an intrusive sister in law the advertising agency where Chantal works and a dash through the Channel Tunnel But what is in fact real and what is notHis metaphysical musings here aren t as engaging as what I d come to expect and the novel lacks Kundera s ironic edge but there was just about enough bait on the end of the hook to keep me interested

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Rosses the border between the real and the unreal between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitudeOf all contemporary writers only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel one of his finest most painful and most enlightening Which surprisingly turns out to be a love story Milan Kundera and I are both April fools so I have always felt a sense of kinship with him I do not know if April Fool s Day is celebrated in the Czech Republic but I pretend that it is and that he too endured fake cakes and tricks as a child Kundera is best known for the beautifully titled Unbearable Lightness of Being This book is similar in that it explores human relationships but it s also very differentKundera has lived in France for many years and this book feels French it feels like a French movie Identity is a brief novel exploring a relationship As we read the book we re inside the head of Chantal and then we re inside the head of Jean Marc her lover It s hard to figure out who they are and what they feel but I think that s the point of the novel It displays the ways in which emotions shift and relationships change My favorite scene from the book is half way through Chantal and Jean Marc are at a restaurant for dinner and observe a silent couple at another table and they discuss what that means You can t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange says Jean Marc and then goes on to describe his aunt in Perigord who talks and talks without stop and replicates in words everything she sees and everything she does Being so intimately involved in the pushpull of their relationship is uncomfortable at times In my last review I critiued Michael Chabon for his lack of emotion Well Kundera is at the other end of that spectrum Feelings and relationship are the core of the story Identity is a uick yet emotionally affective read Jealousy codependence insecurities all are witnessed here But what is most clear after reading this book is how relationships shift and change sometimes in the span of just a few minutes And then you re often right back where you started


10 thoughts on “L'Identité

  1. says:

    To these uestions he has no answerMilan Kundera is a philosopher in the garb of novelist; but a philosopher of life lived dreamed and yearned for; a philosopher who will not deal in abstract metaphysics and grand scheme of ideas that in the last analysis and against the banality of the real world bears little of its weight on who we are wha

  2. says:

    Kundera's second novel to be written in French was a bit of let down for me It felt nothing like the Kundera I've known from previous books He was trying way to hard here to be French through and through and even though Identity was written in the mid 90s it felt like a script for a nouvelle vague movie of the 50s or 60s It is also told in a spare prose which I'm not too sure suits Kundera Having said that there were still glimpses of his

  3. says:

    Whenever I'm at a loss for what to read next and don't want to take any risks I reread either Vonnegut Murakami o

  4. says:

    This small gripping novel is the story of two lovers Jean Marc and Chantal It moves from one to the other following assumptions emotions beliefs and ideas some shared but mostly held in secret It's about being seen and about how we see each other Identity is not fixed but is drawn from the mirrors around us One of the messages of this novel is that in order to love you need to be certain that you know who the other person is Once

  5. says:

    A great novelist is like a gypsy fortune teller one whose wisdom and prophecies and rich tales are enhanced by the palpable rasp of the voice and the heat of her garlic breath in your face In this book Kundera is like one of those mechanical gypsy automatons behind glass that dispenses wisdom on pre written slips of paper from the hand of a

  6. says:

    Identity was interesting than I initially thought however I found that it freuently repeated itself and a lot of

  7. says:

    Lightness of Book 158 gramsBook of Laughter NoLiterary Immortality LowLaughable Loves count 1Naked characters count 2My least favourite Kundera book so far I was excited by the concept of the novel and some parts were intere

  8. says:

    Umm so where to start with this one This was my first reading by Kundera of course it wouldn't be the last but t

  9. says:

    Milan Kundera and I are both April fools so I have always felt a sense of kinship with him I do not know if April Fool's Day is celebrated in the Czech Republic but I pretend that it is and that he too endured fake cakes and tricks as a child Kundera is best known for the beautifully titled Unbearable Lightness of Being

  10. says:

    As a novel it falls short in my opinion especially toward the end and won't have got than 3 stars As a peace of writing in general that discusses ideas it is a 5 star book It could have been better if it was shorter even though it is one of Kundera's shortest novels Don't make it your debut Kundera

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