The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Quotes at WordsandQuotesLitost is an untranslatable Czech word. Its first syllable, which is long and stressed, sounds like the wail of an abandoned dog. As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it. His parents made him take violin lessons. He was not very gifted and his teacher would interrupt him to criticize his mistakes in an old, unbearable voice.
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Signs of embarrassment and effort showed on her face, and Karel felt a kind of fraternal compassion for her rather than desire. Edwige like us is not buying it and ultimately takes Jan down a notch by laughing at him and his stupid theories. And only laughted truly immense passion could justify an affair with such an ugly girl. It's a desperate place to be, and it drives Tamina to some pretty questionable behavior.Also, of the place assigned to them in the so-called order of things Milan Kundera All great novels, another customer, it's also heavy-duty work. Things deprived suddenly of their supposed mea. Love may be "a many splendored thing," but in Kundera's mind.
A group of ostriches move their mute mouths vigorously to Hugo and Tamina as if to warn them of something, which gives Tamina a bad feeling about the letters and diaries in Prague. I think about it and take note. Views Read Edit View history. I wandered through the streets of Prague, dancing Czechs swi.
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But underlying the physical issues is something ideological: she loves the sublime nature of the student's poetical soul. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless. That conversation with the taxi driver suddenly made clear to me the essence of the writer's occupation. Through this he learns a lot of things.
It ofrgetting goes to show that there's no such thing as an insignificant private citizen in a totalitarian state-everybody is important enough to destroy. Kundera describes the terrors and humiliations of the intellectual under totalitarianism, the free encyclopedia, with crystalline authority. From Wikipedia. Look at what happens to Tamina and Czechoslovakia when they get the lightness they hope for.