The Book of Laughter & Forgetting – Milan Kundera: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

TW: rape fantasies, scenes of sexual nature involving children, suicide (non-graphic).

Welcome back, and happy Saturday! Today I’m reviewing Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, translated from French by Aaron Asher, and from the original Czech by Kundera himself. I had previously read a short story by Kundera before reading this, but I wasn’t quite prepared for this novel. I’m not sure it’s really a novel, rather a series of connected parts told from various perspectives. The earlier parts, I found mostly enjoyable, but the book became more surreal, more avant-garde, and deals with more taboo topics that made parts of the book unpleasant to read.

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