The Art of Memory in Exile: Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera

The Art of Memory in Exile: Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera


In The artwork of reminiscence in Exile, Hana Píchová explores the topics of reminiscence and exile in chosen novels of Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera. either writers, Píchová argues, tension how own and cultural reminiscence serves as an artistic technique of overcoming the artist’s and exile’s lack of place of birth. of their virtuoso monitors of literary expertise, Nabokov and Kundera show off the innovations that let their protagonists to be successful as émigrés: an artistic fusing of earlier and current in the course of the prism of the imagination.

Píchová heavily analyzes novels via every one writer: the 1st written in exile (Nabokov's Mary and Kundera's The publication of Laughter and Forgetting) and a later, pivotal novel in every one writer's occupation (Nabokov's The Gift and Kundera's The insufferable Lightness of Being). In all 4 texts, those authors discover how the kaleidoscope of non-public and cultural reminiscence confronts a fragmented and untenable current, contrasting the lives of fictional émigrés who fail to bridge the distance among earlier and current with these émigrés whose wealthy creative imaginative and prescient lets them go beyond the pains of homelessness.

By juxtaposing those novels and their authors, Píchová offers a special point of view on each one writer's immense charm and good fortune. She unearths that during the paintings of Nabokov and Kundera, the main profitable exiles exhibit a imaginative and prescient that transcends either nationwide and temporal boundaries.

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