Milan Kundera is a master of graceful illusion and illuminating surprise. In one of these stories a young man and his girlfriend pretend that she is a stranger he picked up on the road - only to become strangers to each other in reality as their game proceeds. In another a teacher fakes piety in order to seduce a devout girl, then jilts her and yearns for God. In yet another girls wait in bars, on beaches and on station platforms for the same lover, a middle-aged Don Juan who has gone home to his wife.
Games, fantasies and schemes abound in all the stories while different characters react in varying ways to the sudden release of erotic impulses.
"Seven short stories showing all his wonderful ability to mix comedy with despair and his insight into the erotic and illusory aspects of sexuality." (Independent)