The Curtain

The Curtain

Synopsis

“A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose.”

In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that “the curtain” represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has—a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.

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Chapters

  • 001_The Curtain

    Duration: 02min

  • 002_History and Value

    Duration: 04min

  • 003_Theory of Novel

    Duration: 03min

  • 004_Poor Alonzo Quijada

    Duration: 03min

  • 005_Despotism of Story

    Duration: 04min

  • 006_In Search Present Time

    Duration: 05min

  • 007_Multiple Meaning of Word History

    Duration: 03min

  • 008_Beauty of Sudden Density..

    Duration: 04min

  • 009_Power of Pointless

    Duration: 02min

  • 010_Beauty of a Death

    Duration: 09min

  • 011_Shame of Repeating Oneself

    Duration: 03min

  • 012_Part Two_Die Weltliteratur

    Duration: 02min

  • 013_Irreparable Inequality

    Duration: 04min

  • 014_Die Weltliteratur

    Duration: 04min

  • 015_Provincialism Small Nations

    Duration: 05min

  • 016_Provincialism Large Nations

    Duration: 05min

  • 017_Man from East

    Duration: 03min

  • 018_Central Europe

    Duration: 05min

  • 019_Contrasting Paths of Modernist Revolt

    Duration: 03min

  • 020_My Great Pleiades

    Duration: 03min

  • 021_Kitch and Vulgarity

    Duration: 06min

  • 022_Antimodern Modernism

    Duration: 03min

  • 023_Part Three_Getting into Soul..

    Duration: 05min

  • 024_Ineradicable Error

    Duration: 02min

  • 025_Situations

    Duration: 05min

  • 026_What Only Novel Can Say

    Duration: 04min

  • 027_Thinking Novels

    Duration: 06min

  • 028_Frontier of the Implausible ..

    Duration: 02min

  • 029_Einstein and Karl Rossman

    Duration: 02min

  • 030_In Praise Jokes

    Duration: 03min

  • 031_The History of the Novel...

    Duration: 06min

  • 032_A Different Continent

    Duration: 02min

  • 033_The Silvery Bridge

    Duration: 02min

  • 034_Part Four_What is a Novelist

    Duration: 01min

  • 035_Poet and Novelist

    Duration: 02min

  • 036_A Conversion Story

    Duration: 02min

  • 037_The Soft Gleam...

    Duration: 02min

  • 038_The Torn Curtain

    Duration: 01min

  • 039_Fame

    Duration: 02min

  • 040_They Killed My Albertine

    Duration: 02min

  • 041_Marcel Proust's Verdict

    Duration: 01min

  • 042_Ethic of Essential

    Duration: 02min

  • 043_Reading is Long..

    Duration: 01min

  • 044_Little Boy and Grandmother

    Duration: 02min

  • 045_Cervantes Verdict

    Duration: 01min

  • 046_Part Five_Aesthetics and Existence

    Duration: 02min

  • 047_Action

    Duration: 04min

  • 048_Agelasts

    Duration: 03min

  • 048_Humor

    Duration: 02min

  • 050_And If the Tragic..

    Duration: 02min

  • 051_The Deserter

    Duration: 03min

  • 052_The Tragic Chain

    Duration: 02min

  • 053_Hell

    Duration: 02min

  • 054_Part Six_Torn Curtain

    Duration: 02min

  • 055_The Torn Curtain

    Duration: 06min

  • 056_The Torn Curtain Tragic

    Duration: 06min

  • 057_The Fairy

    Duration: 03min

  • 058_Going Down Into Dark Depths..

    Duration: 04min

  • 059_Bureaucracy According to Stifter

    Duration: 04min

  • 060_Defiled World of Castle and Village

    Duration: 02min

  • 061_Existential Meaning of Bureaucratized World

    Duration: 07min

  • 062_Ages of Life Concealed Behind Curtain

    Duration: 05min

  • 063_Morning Freedom Evening Freedom

    Duration: 05min

  • 064_Part Seven_The Novel Memory..

    Duration: 01min

  • 065_Forgetting that Erases Memory..

    Duration: 02min

  • 066_The Novel as Utopia...

    Duration: 06min

  • 067_Composition

    Duration: 05min

  • 068_A Forgotten Birth

    Duration: 04min

  • 069_Unforgettable Forgetting

    Duration: 04min

  • 070_A Forgotten Europe

    Duration: 01min

  • 071_The Novel as Journey...

    Duration: 05min

  • 072_Theater of Memory

    Duration: 02min

  • 073_Conciousness of Continuity

    Duration: 06min

  • 074_Eternity

    Duration: 03min

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    Duration: 01min