Life Is Elsewhere

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Aaron Asher, Milan Kundera

Narrated By: Richmond Hoxie

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2012

Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes

Summary:

The author initially intended to call this novel The Lyrical Age. The lyrical age, according to Kundera, is youth, and this novel, above all, is an epic of adolescence; an ironic epic that tenderly erodes sacrosanct values: childhood, motherhood, revolution, and even poetry. Jaromil is in fact a poet. His mother made him a poet and accompanies him (figuratively) to his love bed and (literally) to his deathbed. A ridiculous and touching character, horrifying and totally innocent ('innocence with its bloody smile'!), Jaromil is at the same time a true poet. He's no creep, he's Rimbaud. Rimbaud entrapped by the communist revolution, entrapped in a somber farce.

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