亡命文学における記憶:ナボコフとクンデラ<br>The Art of Memory in Exile : Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera

亡命文学における記憶:ナボコフとクンデラ
The Art of Memory in Exile : Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 148 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780809323968
  • DDC分類 813.54

基本説明

By juxtaposing these novels and their authors, Píchová provides a unique perspective on each writer's vast appeal and success. She finds that the most successful exiles express a vision that transcends both national and temporal boundaries.

Full Description


This text explores the themes of memory and exile in selected novels of Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera. Both writers, the author argues, stress how personal and cultural memory serves as a creative means of overcoming the artist's and exile's loss of homeland. In their virtuoso display of literary talent, Nabokov and Kundera showcase the strategies that allow their protagonists to succeed as emigres: a creative fusing of past and present through the prism of the imagination. The text closely analyzes two novels by each author: the first written in exile (Nabokov's "Mary" and Kundera's "The Book of Laughing and Forgetting") and a later, pivotal novel in each writer's career (Nabokov's "The Gift" and Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"). In all four texts, these authors explore how the kaleidoscope of personal and cultural memory confronts a fragmented and untenable present, contrasting the lives of fictional emigres who fail to bridge the gap between past and present with those emigres whose rich artistic vision allows them to transcend the trials of homelessness.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Abbreviations xi
Introduction: Other Shores 1 (16)
Part One: Personal Memory
Variations on a Butterfly 17 (29)
Vladimir Nabokov
Variations on Letters and Bowler Hats 46 (23)
Milan Kundera
Part Two: Cultural Memory
Writers Blind and Dangerous 69 (19)
Vladimir Nabokov
Photographers Armed and Dangerous 88 (20)
Milan Kundera
Conclusion: The Art of the Novel 108(7)
Postscript 115(4)
Notes 119(20)
Bibliography 139(6)
Index 145