Milan Kundera is a master of graceful illusion and illuminating surprise. In one of these stories a young man and his girlfriend pretend that she is a stranger he picked up on the road--only to become strangers to each other in reality as their game proceeds. In another a teacher fakes piety... read more
“it was futile to attack with reason the stout wall of irrational feelings that, as is known is the stuff of which the female soul is made.”
“Mrs Zaturecky got up from the armchair, fixed her transparent eyes upon me, and in a dull voice begged my pardon; but I knew she hadn't lost faith in her husband and she didnt reproach anyone except herself for not knowing how to resist my arguments, which seemed obscure and unintelligible to her. She put on military greatcoat, and I understood that this woman was a soldier in body and spiri, a sad and loyal soldier, a soldier tired from long marches, a soldier who doesnt understand the sense of an order and yet carries it out without objections, a soldier who goes away defeated but without dishonor.”
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