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  • Review: 'The Festival of Insignificance' by Milan Kundera

    Review: 'The Festival of Insignificance' by Milan Kundera
    Both fascism and comedy take life very, very lightly. That's the essential insight that has defined the novels of Milan Kundera, the renowned Czech author who turned 86 this year — the way that governments and jokes, in pursuit of their own ends, so easily lose track of the individual, and at the same time the stubborn desire of the individual not to be lost track of, to go on existing. It makes tragedy comic, and comedy tragic: fatalism becoming stoicism, until perhaps it becomes heroism.
  • Book review: 'House of Holes' by Nicholson Baker

    Book review: 'House of Holes' by Nicholson Baker
    House of Holes A Book of Raunch Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster: 262 pp., $25 Nicholson Baker wasn't kidding when he subtitled "House of Holes," his new novel, "A Book of Raunch." Indeed, it's a bona fide filth-fest, so unrelentingly graphic that...

    Word power

    Word power
    Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...

    Michael Henry Heim dies at 69; UCLA scholar, translator

    Michael Henry Heim dies at 69; UCLA scholar, translator
    Michael Henry Heim, a literary translator and humble philanthropist whose teaching, activism and widely admired translations of works by such writers as G√ľnter Grass and Milan Kundera helped bring the voices of contemporary world literature into the...

    'Truth in Advertising' has a cinematic sense of motion

    'Truth in Advertising' has a cinematic sense of motion
    Fin Dolan aspires to something meaningful, but he can't put his finger on what it might be. He is chronically unattached, generally the smartest person in the room, and employed by a New York media company that offers endless opportunities for mockery....