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The Curtain - An Essay in Seven Parts

Milan Kundera

"A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose." In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that "the curtain" represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has-a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.

"A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose." In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that "the curtain" represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has-a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.
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"A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight-errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose." In this thought-provoking, endlessly enlightening, and entertaining essay on the art of the novel, renowned author Milan Kundera suggests that "the curtain" represents a ready-made perception of the world that each of us has-a pre-interpreted world. The job of the novelist, he argues, is to rip through the curtain and reveal what it hides. Here an incomparable literary artist cleverly sketches out his personal view of the history and value of the novel in Western civilization. In doing so, he celebrates a prose form that possesses the unique ability to transcend national and language boundaries in order to reveal some previously unknown aspect of human existence.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Graeme Malcolm

Length:

4h 42m


Chapters

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

02:29


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

04:23


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

03:52


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

03:13


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

04:12


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

05:20


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

03:56


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

04:41


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

02:49


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

09:07


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

03:18


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

02:40


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

04:22


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

04:15


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

05:36


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

05:24


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

03:43


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

05:10


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

03:21


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

03:26


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

07:01


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

03:09


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

05:38


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

02:54


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

05:39


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

04:39


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

06:36


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

02:48


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

02:57


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

04:00


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

06:18


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

02:42


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

02:47


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

01:20


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

02:14


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

02:40


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

02:42


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

01:46


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

02:04


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

02:40


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

01:06


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

02:13


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

01:20


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

02:20


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

01:52


Part 5, Chapter 46
Part 5, Chapter 46

02:57


Part 5, Chapter 47
Part 5, Chapter 47

04:08


Part 5, Chapter 48
Part 5, Chapter 48

03:16


Part 5, Chapter 49
Part 5, Chapter 49

02:43


Part 5, Chapter 50
Part 5, Chapter 50

02:57


Part 5, Chapter 51
Part 5, Chapter 51

03:22


Part 5, Chapter 52
Part 5, Chapter 52

02:41


Part 5, Chapter 53
Part 5, Chapter 53

02:02


Part 6, Chapter 54
Part 6, Chapter 54

02:18


Part 6, Chapter 55
Part 6, Chapter 55

06:13


Part 6, Chapter 56
Part 6, Chapter 56

06:03


Part 6, Chapter 57
Part 6, Chapter 57

03:29


Part 6, Chapter 58
Part 6, Chapter 58

04:23


Part 6, Chapter 59
Part 6, Chapter 59

04:52


Part 6, Chapter 60
Part 6, Chapter 60

02:23


Part 6, Chapter 61
Part 6, Chapter 61

07:37


Part 6, Chapter 62
Part 6, Chapter 62

05:56


Part 6, Chapter 63
Part 6, Chapter 63

05:37


Part 7, Chapter 64
Part 7, Chapter 64

01:22


Part 7, Chapter 65
Part 7, Chapter 65

02:17


Part 7, Chapter 66
Part 7, Chapter 66

06:13


Part 7, Chapter 67
Part 7, Chapter 67

05:21


Part 7, Chapter 68
Part 7, Chapter 68

04:07


Part 7, Chapter 69
Part 7, Chapter 69

04:21


Part 7, Chapter 70
Part 7, Chapter 70

01:32


Part 7, Chapter 71
Part 7, Chapter 71

05:21


Part 7, Chapter 72
Part 7, Chapter 72

03:00


Part 7, Chapter 73
Part 7, Chapter 73

06:15


Part 7, Chapter 74
Part 7, Chapter 74

03:06