The Festival of Insignificance
- Author: Milan Kundera
- Narrator: Richmond Hoxie
- Publisher: HarperCollins USA
- Duration: 2:34:19
From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an unexpected and enchanting novel—the culmination of his life's work.
Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism—that’s The Festival of Insignificance. Readers who know Milan Kundera’s earlier books know that the wish to incorporate an element of the “unserious” in a novel is not at all unexpected of him. In Immortality, Goethe and Hemingway stroll through several chapters together talking and laughing. And in Slowness, Vera, the author’s wife, says to her husband: “you’ve often told me you meant to write a book one day that would have not a single serious word in it…I warn you: watch out. Your enemies are lying in wait.”
Now, far from watching out, Kundera is finally and fully realizing his old aesthetic dream in this novel that we could easily view as a summation of his whole work. A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor. What more can we say? Nothing. Just read.
001_The Festival of InsignificanceDuration: 34s
002_Part 1 - Introducing The HeroesDuration: 21min
003_Part 2 - The Marionette TheaterDuration: 21min
004_Part 3 - Alain And Charles Often Thing About Their MothersDuration: 19min
005_Part 4 - They Are All In Search Of A Good MoveDuration: 29min
006_Part 5 - A Little Feather Floats Beneath The CeilingDuration: 17min
007_Part 6 - Angels FallingDuration: 19min
008_Part 7 - The Festival of InsignificanceDuration: 23min