The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

This novel is a blend of fiction, autobiography, and philosophical musings that explores the nature of forgetting, the power of laughter, and the struggle for personal and political freedom. Set against the backdrop of the political turmoil in Czechoslovakia in the 20th century, it follows the interconnected stories of various characters, including a man who is expelled from the Communist Party, a young woman in love with a man whose father was a political prisoner, and a couple who flee to America. Throughout, the book delves into the ways in which personal and collective memories shape identity and history.

The 794th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 507

Since this book was first published in 1979, there is a penalty of 8.0%. The age adjusted score is 466.44.

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