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'The Festival of Insignificance' by Milan Kundera: EW review

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The Festival of Insignificance

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Milan Kundera
publisher:
Harper
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B-

The title is no play on words. Milan Kundera’s first novel in 13 years is an exercise in inconsequentiality. Divided into seven sections, each little more than a pencil stroke in the overall narrative, it follows the exploits of five Parisian friends as they attend parties, play practical jokes, and ruminate idly on Kunderian themes like eroticism and Soviet absurdity. The novel’s slightness of being certainly isn’t unbearable—with little over 100 pages to breeze through, you’ll be finished before you know it—but it seems to evaporate from one’s mind at exactly the same speed as it’s being read. B–