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On Milan Kundera’s Immortal

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So far as I’ve been reading, Milan Kundera’s Immortal is definitely one of the most elaborately designed and profound works. Containing three stories seemingly irrelevant to one another, Immortal secretly hides its clue. I’d rather say it is a diachronic work rather than a synchronic one. From Goethe to Hemingway, from the woman’s gesture that ”I” saw to the fictional protagonists, plots flow as if in parallel spaces.

The gist Immortality Milan Kundera tries to initiate in this book is quite unique. Distinctive from simple romantic novels, Immortal inlays philosophic arguments within narration which itself is arranged interleavingly. The plot can be separated into two phases, one the times of Goethe and his contemporaries and the other decades later. The two plots shares the same characteristic, i.e. there is a conflict between deduction and addition.

This couple of concepts, according to Kundera, are how people live their lives. In my perspective, they are high...
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So far as I’ve been reading, Milan Kundera’s Immortal is definitely one of the most elaborately designed and profound works. Containing three stories seemingly irrelevant to one another, Immortal secretly hides its clue. I’d rather say it is a diachronic work rather than a synchronic one. From Goethe to Hemingway, from the woman’s gesture that ”I” saw to the fictional protagonists, plots flow as if in parallel spaces.

The gist Immortality Milan Kundera tries to initiate in this book is quite unique. Distinctive from simple romantic novels, Immortal inlays philosophic arguments within narration which itself is arranged interleavingly. The plot can be separated into two phases, one the times of Goethe and his contemporaries and the other decades later. The two plots shares the same characteristic, i.e. there is a conflict between deduction and addition.

This couple of concepts, according to Kundera, are how people live their lives. In my perspective, they are highly similar to Zoe and Zelda in the well-known animation Bojack Horseman. Zoe and Zelda were originally twin sisters in the animation, and coincidentally, there are two sisters in Immortal, too. Zoe, who likes to do addition to tag herself, is more easily controlled by her inner wants and desires. On the contrary, Zelda, who likes to do deduction to her life, tends to be more composed and solitary.

Another thing that I like about this book is that all the characters are inseparable but unique agents. The two templates--addition and deduction are not absolute to individuals as well. One may transform from one to another in his certain phase but maintain his innate one eventually which can be clearly seen in the book.

By initiating the concept Immortality, Milan Kundera sanctions love, Eros and immortality. He penetrates that the charm of immortality instead of love is the reason why we’re desperate for living with another sole entity. In one of Plato’s classics, there’s a tale that says each man was originally sanctioned into a hemisphere from a sphere, and thus we are looking for the other part in our whole life. This fable itself is of immortality.

With rather figurative skills, Milan Kundera touches upon so may obscure concepts and situations by regarding each character different identities, and the parallel structure adds to the readablity, too. The author should not be memorized, as Kundera mentioned. Foremost, his works stay immortal.
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