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Being and the dialectics of irony: A reading of some of Milan Kundera’s novels

H. Hattingh
Literator | Vol 16, No 2 | a615 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v16i2.615 | © 1995 H. Hattingh | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1995 | Published: 02 May 1995

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H. Hattingh, Department of Philosophy, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa

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In this essay Milan Kundera is read as an artist who has something to say on the subject of being. He is also read as an ironist in the postmodern vein, an ironist whose writing shatters reader and author alike. The essay thus runs two processes simultaneously: Firstly it is a quasi-theoretical attempt at establishing Kundera’s idea of being. Secondly it will be an attempt at showing how Kundera’s ironising function is manifested in the novels themselves.

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