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Shelves: favorites , good-fiction , read-in , romantic-love-and-hate , important-message , funny-shit , short-stories Short stories from Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. These stories are fiction, of course, with the subject matter typically dealing with romance, sex, and relationships.
Most of the stories contain some combination of the three. In this sense, Kundera reminds me of Dostoevsky. But Kundera is more cerebral and observation based; whereas Dostoevsky seems to be more from the gut, with perhaps deeper, but less widely canvassed probing. Like all of our lives, the lives of his characters go back and fourth between happiness, sadness, and desperation, with varying levels of confidence inbetween -- some due to situation and external circumstance, some due to personal psychology.
They constantly go through changes in perception, and undergo new realizations. Some of these paradigm shifts are foolish, while some are accurate and profound: our misunderstandings of others, ourselves, and our relationships, yes: but the stories are also about our misunderstandings of situations, and our screwed up concepts of life in general.
I wonder if a great book can altogether avoid the subject of death. But frankly, relationships are fucked up, and life is unfortunately, sometimes heartbreaking.
EL LIBRO DE LOS AMORES RIDICULOS
El libro de los amores ridículos
El libro de los amores ridículos de Milan Kundera