Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s.
Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analysed and experienced.
"The Book of Laughter and Forgetting calls itself a novel, although it is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography. It can call itself whatever it wants to, because the whole is genius." (The New York Times)
"An absolutely dazzling entertainment... Arousing on every levelpolitical, erotic, intellectual, and above all, humorous." (Newsweek)
"Deeply and impressively subversive, in more ways than one...Kundera's condemnation of modern life is broad, but his sympathy for those who create and suffer it is deep." (Time)