Kundera frets about his place in the world. One of the novel's characters, Ramon, promenading through the Luxembourg Gardens, smiles as tourists stroll indifferently past statues of artistic greats such as "Balzac, Berlioz, Hugo, Dumas". Is Kundera the next to be ignored? Photo: Benh Lieu Song

Milan Kundera's first novel in 14 years a witty play on insignificance

Czech author engages in some navel-gazing in his 10th novel, whose middle-aged Parisian characters are preoccupied with sex, art, fiction, death and politics

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Kundera frets about his place in the world. One of the novel's characters, Ramon, promenading through the Luxembourg Gardens, smiles as tourists stroll indifferently past statues of artistic greats such as "Balzac, Berlioz, Hugo, Dumas". Is Kundera the next to be ignored? Photo: Benh Lieu Song
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