I assume you're kidding about suicide--that you'd kill yourself because you're stuck back in Corinth. But remember, I'm a clinical psychologist, trained to take all threats of self-harm seriously. Not to get too heavy here, but if you seriously have anything that you'd like to talk about that you don't want to share on a public forum, let me know. My business email is email@example.com. Contact me there and we can talk "off the grid" of a public forum.
Now then, all that sounds interesting. Honestly, I've never read Kundera. I own Life Is Elsewhere, but I haven't been able to get interested in it. Still, what you say sounds very intriguing. I chuckled at the idea that "abortion should be mandatory." I guess the human race should be wiped off the face of the earth! :^D Very playful! It's hard to guess what someone who makes such a joke really thinks, though.
Personally, I think that the best art is not so didactic that it does not admit to various interpretations. On the other hand, I think it is wasteful not to allow the work of art to trigger your intellect and see what insights are made available by the work of art. Sometimes the author may have intended them, sometimes not. But why limit yourself to simply regarding a novel as a thing of aesthetic beauty that only connects with the emotions when it can connect to the whole person?
: Do you like Kundera? I find him a sort of
: post modern Fielding. Especially in The
: Unbearable Lightness of Being and
: Immortality, he talks to the reader about
: the story he's writing. I remember that
: Teresa was born of a rumbling in the stomach
: and Tomas of... I can't remember what. And
: Agnes was born of an old woman's wave. I
: remember him saying that authors don't write
: what their lives are like but what they wish
: their lives were like. Probably about time I
: reread Immortality and maybe TULoB too.
: By the way, Kundera is a big influence in my
: aestheticism. In The Art of the Novel, he
: talks about the subject of message. He says
: someone once told him the message of one of
: his early novels wouldn't go over well.
: Kundera asked what message. The guys asked
: if it weren't an anti abortion novel.
: Kundera says that he thinks abortion should
: be mandatory but that he was very pleased
: with the mistake because it showed he'd kept
: the proper ironic distance from his story.
: Thus, for me, the author/narrator can tell
: you all kinds of things about the characters
: and what you should think of them, but
: nothing about what he himself thinks about
: 'real' life.
: We can read Herzog. I'll be home before
: Christmas. I might kill myself before we get
: to Herzog, but that's another story.
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