Ignorance: A Novel

Ignorance: A Novel

by Milan Kundera


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Irena and Josef meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier. Will they manage to pick up the thread of their strange love story, interrupted almost as soon as it began and then lost in the tides of history? The truth is that after such a long absence "their memories no longer match."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060002107
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2003
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 409,506
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Milan Kundera is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.


Paris, France

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1929

Place of Birth:

Brno, Czechoslovakia


Undergraduate degree in philosophy, Charles University, Prague, 1952

What People are Saying About This

Michiko Kakutani

“Milan’s Kundera’s resonant new novel IGNORANCE ….[is] wonderfully nuanced …. affecting.”

Maureen Howard

“Erudite and playful...An impassioned account of the émigré as a character on the stage of European history.”

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