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Milan Kundera

La Plaisanterie


"L'optimisme est l'opium du genre humain ! L'esprit sain pue la connerie. Vive Trotski !" : première plaisanterie de Ludvik, qui lui vaut d'être exclu du Parti Communiste à l'unanimité. Seconde plaisanterie, de la vie cette fois : des années après sa radiation, Ludvik tente de se venger d'un des membres du parti qui s'est montré particulièrement dur, en lui volant sa femme, qui s'avère ne plus lui appartenir depuis longtemps déjà. La vengeance a donc échoué. Cependant, d'une plaisanterie à l'autre, Kundera nous aura offert un bijou d'humour noir, mais aussi une réflexion brillamment illustrée sur l'unicité des choses et des êtres, ponctuée d'évocations superbes des coutumes moraves, d'incursions dans le monde absurde du totalitarisme communiste et d'introspections lucides. En alternant savamment les points de vue de Ludvik, Helena, Jaroslav et Kotska, Kundera semble nous signifier qu'au bout du compte, c'est l'idée même d'individu qui lui importe.

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 2003
Publisher: Gallimard
Pages: 480
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782070366385
ISBN 10: 2070366383

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