Testaments Betrayed

November 28, 2020
Testaments Betrayed

Kundera's essay has been written like a novel. In the course ofnine separate sections, the same characters meet and cross pathswith each other. Stravinsky and Kafka with their odd friendsAnsermet and Brod; Hemingway with his biographer; Janácek with hislittle nation; and Rabelais with his heirs - the greatnovelists.In the light of their wisdom this book examines some of thegreat situations of our time. The moral trial of the twentiethcentury's art, from Céline to Mayakovsky; the passage of time whichblurs the boundaries between the 'I' of the present day and the 'I'of the past; modesty as an essential concept in an age based on theindividual and indiscretion which, as it becomes the habit and thenorm, heralds the twilight of individualism; the testaments, thebetrayed testaments - of Europe, of art, of the art of the noveland of artists.