Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts

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Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts

Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts A brilliant and thought provoking essay from one of the twentieth century s masters of fiction Testaments Betrayed is written like a novel the same characters appear and reappear throughout the nine

  • Title: Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts
  • Author: Milan Kundera Linda Asher
  • ISBN: 9780060927516
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • A brilliant and thought provoking essay from one of the twentieth century s masters of fiction, Testaments Betrayed is written like a novel the same characters appear and reappear throughout the nine parts of the book, as do the principal themes that preoccupy the author Kundera is a passionate defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due a work of artA brilliant and thought provoking essay from one of the twentieth century s masters of fiction, Testaments Betrayed is written like a novel the same characters appear and reappear throughout the nine parts of the book, as do the principal themes that preoccupy the author Kundera is a passionate defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due a work of art and its creator s wishes The betrayal of both often by their most passionate proponents is one of the key ideas that informs this strikingly original and elegant book.

    Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts Testaments Betrayed by the way refers partly to Kafka s own testament Deleting a paragraph calls for even talent, cultivation, and creative power than writing it does Therefore, publishing what the author deleted is the same act o A paragraph from this book and Kundera s essayistic writing in general is sometimes worth than Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts Milan Kundera Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts Milan Kundera, Linda Asher on FREE shipping on qualifying offers A brilliant and thought provoking essay from one Testaments Betrayed jacobinmag Testaments Betrayed By Laura Secor How Yugoslavia s vibrant Marxist humanists morphed into right wing nationalists View of Grbavica, a neighbourhood of Sarajevo, approximately months after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accord that officially ended the war in Bosnia Lt Stacey Wyzowski Milan Kundera Book Review Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts In this stimulating, free form essay, Czech novelist Kundera The Art of the Novel traces the evolution of the novel from Rabelais to Kafka and draws parallels between literature and music as he shut Testaments Betrayed Milan Kundera Testaments Betrayed by Milan Kundera is an essay written like a novel, shedding light along the way on some of the great questions of our time Synopsis In the course of nine sections, this book examines the major situations of our time in the light of the wisdom of the great novelists Kafka Stravinsky Hemingway Rabelais and Janacek. Editions of Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts by Editions for Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts Paperback published in , published in , published in , Testaments Betrayed Summary eNotes Kundera s wide ranging examination of the novel sheds much light on the nature of art, the views of artists, and the ways in which art is perceived, criticized, and condemned Testaments Betrayed an Essay in Nine Parts Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts by Kundera, Milan and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at AbeBooks. Customer reviews Testaments Betrayed An Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Testaments Betrayed An Essay in Nine Parts at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.

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    1. Fatima Alammar on said:

      مجموعة من التأملات الذكية، العميقة، المُبهِرة، والصادمة أحيانا - لكن بشكل هاديء - لفني الرواية، والموسيقى.كونديرا في هذا الكتاب، قاريء فذ، ناقد ينثر التماعاته عبر الورق فتستحيل إلى "دهشة" وهنا تكمن روعة هذا الكتاب.أوصي به، جدا، للكتّاب، ولمحبي القراءة، بالأخص قراءة الروايا [...]

    2. Eric on said:

      One of my favorite works of criticism--though 'criticism' may be too narrow a category. Maybe: aesthetic theorizing informed by a practitioner's ardor. A spirited essay on Kafka's sense of humor; the keenest appreciation of Janacek's operas I've ever read; a provocative private history of the novel (we gotta get back to Cervantes and Rabelais and Sterne, that fun, free-wheeling crew, Milan sez, cause 19th century realism is a con job); insightful defenses of Hemingway and Stravinsky from various [...]

    3. ياسر ثابت on said:

      تأملات عميقة، وإن يكن بعضها مبهماً كعادة كونديرا.يحتاج الكتاب صبراً من قارئه، لكن فائدته كبيرة لمن استطاع إلى الصبر سبيلاً.كم الفقرات التي استوقفتني وجعلتني أقارن بينها وبين ثورات الربيع العربي، قول كونديرا:إننا نسير في الحاضر محاطين بالضباب، ولن نستطيع أن نرى خطواتنا إلا [...]

    4. Jeff Jackson on said:

      Insightful readings of Kakfa, Gombrowicz, Janacek, Stravinsky, etc. And a hard look at how the novel feels increasingly marginalized in today's culture. Although it was written in 1989, so much of this book feels like it's aimed at our Social Media age: "Suspending moral judgement is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality. The morality that stands against the ineradicable human habit of judging instantly, ceaselessly, and everyone; of judging before, and in the absence of, understan [...]

    5. أحمد شاكر on said:

      -أحب هذا ال (كونديرا ). يغصلني عن حياة السأم. كتاباته محببة لنفسي. قرأت  وصاياه المغدورة بتشوق، برغم أنه يكثر فيها من الكلام عن الموسيقى وعن أسماء موسيقيين لم أسمع بها من قبل، نظراً لضعف اطلاعي على هذا الجانب. إنه يثيرني لأتعلم.

    6. Anastasia on said:

      I testamenti traditi parla di tutti quegli sgarbi, censure, fraintendimenti che la critica - spesso in buona fede- e in generale il panorama culturale ha fatto ad autori e anche compositori che, naturalmente, non si meritavano niente di tutto questo e ne hanno perito, e ne periscono ancora adesso nel nostro immaginario. E Kundera si fa portavoce di questa piccola indagine privata prendendo in esame, in generale, in una via quasi "personale" le sue figure preferite, tant'è vero che Kafka e Strav [...]

    7. Đông Huynh on said:

      Cùng với "Nghệ thuật tiểu thuyết", "Những di chúc bị phản bội" có thể nói là mảnh ghép thứ hai, làm hoàn chỉnh Nghệ thuật tiểu thuyết Milan Kundera.Nếu như ở NTTT, Kundera khảo sát về Cervantes, Herman Broch, và Franz Kafka, thì ở NDCBPB này, ông dành sự quan tâm cho những nhà văn lớn của thế kỷ XX như: Thomas Mann, Hemingway, Rebelais, và Franz Kafka (lại là Franz Kafka), và những nhà soạn nhạc lớn mà ông [...]

    8. Ali on said:

      I like Kundra because he doesn’t imprison me in a fastened frame of a classic narration. Reading Kundra seems as if you meet an old friend after ages in a cafe shop, and while she/he relates her / his life story, you zip your coffee, listen to the cafe music, hear some chats and laughs at nabouring tables, look at the peddlers at side walk, or a passing tramvay, as life is flowing around,. کوندرا را به این دلیل بسیار دوست دارم که مرا در چهارچوب بس [...]

    9. Samer on said:

      تأملات كونديرا عن الفكاهة، الهوية، التاريخ، النشوة، الهجرة، ضياع ملموسية الزمن الحاضر، حكمة اللايقين، زوال الفردانية وإنكار الأنا، روح المحاكمة التي تسود عصرنا و بالتأكيد الرواية و الموسيقا برغم بعض(الشطحات) الموسيقية التقنية و التخصصية و الهوس الكونديري الكبير بكافكا، [...]

    10. James on said:

      Kundera begins with a riff on Rabelais and leads us on a wild tour of European literature from Cervantes to Gombrowicz, with special attention to authors that I love including Musil and Broch. I found his continual focus on the ideas of literature attractive enough; but he assays music as well including a wonderful chapter on Janacek. In part 1, “The Day Panurge No Longer Makes People Laugh,” Kundera speaks of the importance of humor in the novel. He loves the fact that the early novelists, [...]

    11. Ali Almatrood on said:

      حين أنهيت «الهوية» فقدتُ الرغبة في القراءة لأيّ روائي آخر غير كونديرا لفترة بسيطة. وحين أنهيت أعجوبته «خفة الكائن التي لا تحتمل»، كنت أتساءل إن كان من الممكن أن أتخلّص من أسر كونديرا، وتخلّصت نوعًا ما. أما الآن، بعد إنهاء «الوصايا المغدورة»، فالأسرُ يعود مجددًا، لكنّه أسرٌ [...]

    12. Amene on said:

      مقاله ها در مورد موضوعاتی همچون رابطه موسیقی و رمان،ترجمه و رمان و بیشتر از همه ادای دین بسیار کوندرا به کافکا هستند.در مقاله های این کتاب که هر از گاهی سانسورهایی هم در نقل قول های کوندرا اعمال شده،بیشتر بر تجزیه و تحلیل های مختلف از موسیقیدانان و نویسندگان خصوصا کافکا و دیدر [...]

    13. Michalle Gould on said:

      Only Kundera could make me cry with an essay about literature, while I was on a plane making its descent into the airport in Berlin. His all-consuming radical understanding of the individual's need for privacy is refreshing given the current personalization of nearly everything.

    14. Farhan Khalid on said:

      The story being told here is not serious There are no statements of truths (scientific or mythic) hereNo promise to describe things as they are in realityThe story being told here is not serious Even though it is about the most dreadful thingsEvery answer is a booby trapPaz: Humor renders ambiguous everything it touchesIf I were asked the most common cause of misunderstanding between my readers and me, I would not hesitate: humorCreating the imaginary terrain where moral judgment is suspended wa [...]

    15. hayatem on said:

      هذا الكتاب لايمكن ان تقرأه بدون استخدام قلم هاي لايتر"قلم تضليل" ،كي تقبض على التفاصيل والمعلومات والملاحظات الدقيقة والمهمة، لتكون ذاكرة أولية خام للقراءة الثانية والثالثة والرابعة ! لأنه بأمانة تامة لايمكن أن تقرأ هذا الكتاب لمره واحدة وتحقق الفائدة المرجوة منه .عرّف كون [...]

    16. Кремена Михайлова on said:

      Още на първата страница подскочих от радост при споменаването на Рушди. После се появиха и композиторите – любимия Стравински. В началото трябваше да свикна с малко теоретичния, професионален анализ; отвикнала съм да гледам на изкуствата като на теория, особено след като [...]

    17. Roozbeh Estifaee on said:

      Milan Kundera is a great novelist, but what makes him special to me is that he lives with novels. He has one of the best understandings of novel I've ever happened to see. Besides, he has a very complex wild mind which shines upon every dark corner of letterature, surprising his readers with the revelations it makes right in the place they thought they have explored thoroughly.Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts is a skim through his opinions and ideas about satire, translation, music, l [...]

    18. Fernanda on said:

      5+ merece este libro. Este ensayo sobre la novela es una obra fabulosa. Tiene una estructura muy a la Kundera donde puedo ver muchas de sus ideas generales plasmadas en sus libros, y lo más importante, me ayudó a comprender cosas que se escapaban de mi entendimiento para poder comprender más lo que Kundera trata de decir.Este libro tiene algunos cruces con la historia de la música que en lo personal me pesó bastante porque no soy una conocedora y realmente no estoy muy interesada, sin embar [...]

    19. Ihsan Alattar on said:

      يقول كونديرا في كتابه ( الوصايا المغدورة ):ان يحيا المرء يعني جهدا شاقا مستمرا لئلا ينسى نفسه بنفسه وحتى يظل دوما حاضرا في ذاته بشكل راسخ ، حسبه ان يخرج لبرهة وجيزة من ذاته حتى يلامس ميدان الموت يبدو لي ان اهم منجزات الرواية بشكل خاص والفن بشكل عام هو المساهمة الفعالة في خروج ا [...]

    20. Malak Czar on said:

      كتاب مستفز جدا عن تاريخ الفن الأوروبي ، مليء بالحكايات الأدبية عن همنغواي، غوته ،تولستوي، ماياكوفسكي،وعن فلسفة نيتشه وعن بيكاسو أنهيته بعد5 شهور من قراءته ، تحدث فيه كونديرا ايضا عن أسماء كثيرة أجهلها ،أحببت كثيرا حديثه عن الموسيقى( الجاز والروك) بشكل خاص وطبعا أحببت الموضو [...]

    21. Jeremy Bagai on said:

      Great art history lessons. Great criticism of art criticism, and of art curation. But I grew weary of the presentation of his artistic preferences and opinions as moral absolutes. There are many novels outside the constraints of Kundera's proclamations. But still, enlightening and entertaining.

    22. Daniel Schechtel on said:

      Génial livre ! Kunder, très lucide et contemporain comme on ne trouve aucun part. Je ne vais que transcrire quelques idées que je me suis notées, mais brièvement.L'humeur a été inventé par la modernité, comme on peut constater dans les Romans par Rabelais et Cervantes.Dans le roman le jugément moral est suspendu.La critique littéraire doit insérer l'oeuvre dans un context historique, mais elle ne doit pas oublier le texte même (comme il s'est passé avec le livre par Rushdie)L'histo [...]

    23. Domenico Fina on said:

      Tutti i capitoli che riguardano Kafka sono eccellenti. È desolante non capire l'intenzione estetica delle cose, delle persone, dice Kundera, per difendere Kafka da quelli che non lo hanno capito. Max Brod il suo migliore amico non lo ha capito, già questo potrebbe essere un racconto di Kafka, molti traduttori non lo hanno capito. Ai traduttori piacciono i sinonimi, sembra più elegante la non ripetizione, ma Kafka usa ripetere talvolta la stessa parola. Una voce chiamò Frieda, "Frieda" disse [...]

    24. Billie Jeans on said:

      الوصايا المغدورة كتاب نقدي ممتع عن الرواية و الموسيقى في تسع فصول مستقلة لكنها متصلة لحد بعيد الوصايا المغدورة جعلني أفهم أدب كونديرا بشكل أعمق الكتاب جميل لكن كالعادة هناك تبحر في بعض التفاصيل الموسيقية الدقيقية أجمل ما في الكتاب هو الحديث الشيق و المتعمق عن كافكا و وصيت [...]

    25. Mèo lười on said:

      Lúc đầu định cho 4 sao vì bác nói hơi nhiều về âm nhạc, sau nhớ lại nay là cuối năm nên hào phóng cho 5 sao. :"<

    26. Б. Ачболд on said:

      A paragraph from this book (and Kundera’s essayistic writing in general) is sometimes worth more than the entire collected works of some other author. I have been reading from it, but I can no longer delay a full read, especially as it talks about Kafka so much.Testaments Betrayed by the way refers partly to Kafka’s own testament: “Deleting a paragraph calls for even more talent, cultivation, and creative power than writing it does. Therefore, publishing what the author deleted is the same [...]

    27. Keith on said:

      Kundera's Testaments Betrayed is a nine-part romp through some varied topics, all with the general theme of artists who were betrayed, often by their closest friends and admirers. The central point is how badly Kafka has been translated into French, how he was betrayed by His literary executor whom he asked to burn his papers. Another part on how perfect Hemingway can be and how critics misunderstand him. Two pieces on Janacek and Stravinsky (Kundera's musical knowledge is seriously deep). Plus [...]

    28. Jean on said:

      In these nine erudite, linked essays Kundera writes as a literary critic, a music critic, a critiquer of literary and music critics, and a defender of the absolute rights of authors and composers. He decries the way supporters and close friends have disregarded/disrespected/distorted originators’ intentions and compromised their work by editing, adding/deleting passages, taking liberties in publishing or performances etc. I’ve not read most of the texts he discusses nor am I familiar with th [...]

    29. Dr. House on said:

      يقدم لنا كونديرا رؤية نقدية للمنتوج الروائي و الموسيقي في أوروبا ، حيث ينصب فن الرواية نفسه بطلا لهذا العمل ، فيتابع تطور الرواية بالتوازي مع النقلة الموسيقية الاوروبية في عصر النهضة و يسطر الخطوط العريضة لكليهما اضافه الى نقاط تلاقيهما كما يقدم منظوره عن التهميش المركزية [...]

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