Friday Freebies!

Friday Freebies!

This week’s Friday Freebie is something very special indeed… the first novel from the awarding winning Unbearable Lightness of Being author, Milan Kundera, in over 12 years.

Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism – that’s The Festival of Insignificance.

We have five copies to give away to celebrate Kundera’s return. For your chance to win, simply go to our Facebook page and tell us about a book that made you laugh out loud. The 5 most original and creative entries posted in comments below by 5pm Thursday 13th August will win, courtesy of our friends at Allen & Unwin Books

 

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          Publisher details

          The Festival of Insignificance
          Author
          Milan Kundera
          Publisher
          Faber & Faber
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          01 July, 2015

          Synopsis

          The Festival of Insignificance follows four middle-aged men in modern-day Paris over the course of a couple of weeks during which all of them have time to reflect on their lives and the various ways in which they are, or have been made to feel, insignificant.Alain's mother abandoned the family when he was just ten; he finds consolation in his 20-year-old girlfriend in the full knowledge that the two of them are so distant in age that they can have very little in common.Charles works as catering staff at swanky cocktail parties hosted by people he detests, along with his friend Caliban, a failed actor nicknamed after the only role he ever had any success with - the two of them spend these tedious evenings pretending to be from far-flung lands, making up grammatically complex languages so as to maintain the pointless ruse.Ramon likes to dazzle others with his wit and to mock the failings of others but ultimately lives a lonely life.Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism – that's The Festival of Insignificance.
          Milan Kundera
          About the author

          Milan Kundera

          Milan Kundera, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, was a student when the Czech Communist regime was established in 1948, and later worked as a labourer, jazz musician and professor at the Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Prague. After the Russian invasion in August 1968, his books were proscribed. In 1975, he and his wife settled in France, and in 1981, he became a French citizen. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and of the short-story collection Laughable Loves - all originally in Czech. His most recent novels, SlownessIdentity and Ignorance, as well as his non-fiction works The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.

          Books by Milan Kundera

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