Saturday, October 15, 2022

The river of time - Milan Kundera's library

It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.

— Harold Pinter, born in 1930

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     Milan Kundera's library 

       They've been carting away Milan Kundera's library for a while now, but now the last of it is gone from his Paris home and arrived in Brno and its Moravian Regional Library on Friday. 
       As Thomas McEnchroe and Martin Balucha report at Radio Prague International, “The flat is completely empty now”: Milan Kundera’s library moves to Brno
       They quote Kundera's wife, Věra:
The flat is completely empty now. I can prove that to you with a photograph. It’s quite terrible and hard to see, those two lives that are now gone. Those lives left together with the library, with the archive.
       See also the Czech News Agency report in Brno DailySecond Half of Milan Kundera's Library Transported To Brnoand the library press release

       Gotta feel for the old guy -- 93 now ! -- the Nobel announcement last week (he didn't win, yet again) and now all his books gone ...

       Shehan Karunatilaka Q & A 

       In The Guardian Shehan Karunatilaka has a Q & A with the author of Chinaman and the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, in Shehan Karunatilaka: ‘There’s a Sri Lankan gallows humour… we’ve been through a lot of catastrophes’
       Among the non-literary responses:
I had a couple of grunge bands in the 90s and will probably start a midlife crisis band soon. Over the past couple of years, I’ve played piano, bass and guitar. I’m even thinking of getting a drum kit, much to my wife’s horror. I don’t think there’s going to be an album. The Dark Side of the Seven Moons ...

       Yoshio Osakabe Q & A 

       In The Japan Times Thu-Huong Ha has a Q & A with Yoshio Osakabe: ‘There are probably a lot of old fans who actually don't want Murakami to win the Nobel’ -- himself a harukisuto, a big fan of the man who, yet again, did not win the big prize. 

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