Identity: A Novel by Milan Kundera

There are situations in which we fail for a moment to recognize the person we are with, in which the identity of the other is erased while we simultaneously doubt our own. This also happens with couples--indeed, above all with couples, because lovers fear more than anything else "losing sight" of the loved one. With stunning artfulness in expanding and playing variations on the meaningful moment, Milan Kundera has made this situation--and the vague sense of panic it inspires--the very fabric of his new novel. Here brevity goes hand in hand with intensity, and a moment of bewilderment marks the start of a labyrinthine journey during which the reader repeatedly crosses the border between the real and the unreal, between what occurs in the world outside and what the mind creates in its solitude. Of all contemporary writers, only Kundera can transform such a hidden and disconcerting perception into the material for a novel, one of his finest, most painful, and most enlightening. Which, surprisingly, turns out to be a love story.

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The 1778th greatest fiction book of all time


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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Identity Paperback 8070069 $6.97 $0.01
Identity: A Novel (Signed) Hardcover 4608696 $305.08 $46.01 1998
Identity Paperback 578439 $6.77 $0.01 1999
Identity Hardcover 2768050 $53.46 $0.01 1998
Identity: A Novel Paperback 5445453 $4.51 $1.59 1999
By Milan Kundera - Identity: A Novel (3/22/99) Paperback 7411866 $10.69 $10.66 1999
Identity: A Novel Paperback 346260 $3.01 $0.01 1999
Identity: A Novel Hardcover 1588167 $19.80 $1.51 1998