Jacques And His Master Is A Deliciously Witty And Entertaining Variation On Diderot S Novel Jacques Le Fatalist, Written For Milan Kundera S Private Pleasure In The Aftermath Of The Russian Invasion Of CzechoslovakiaWhen The Heavy Russian Irrationality Fell On Czechoslovakia, Milan Kundera Explains, He Felt Drawn To The Spirit Of The Eighteenth Century And It Seemed To Me That Nowhere Was It To Be Found Densely Concentrated Than In That Banquet Of Intelligence, Humor, And Fantasy, Jacques Le Fataliste The Upshot Was This Homage To Diderot, Which Has Now Been Performed Throughout The United States And Europe Here, Jacques And His Master, Newly Translated By Simon Callow, Is A Text That Will Delight Kundera S Admirers Throughout The English Speaking World . I have not had a chance to read the Jacques fatalist of Denis Diderot and yet this tribute in the form of variation enchanted me.Three identical stories are meet over the three acts and yet the analysis that make the characters varies systematically Jacques I say that our adventures strangely resemble two protagonists tell a story they lived and whose outcome is opposed, while the landlord gives the story of something that happened in a different social environment of hers and that she did not participate.From the incipit and regularly, Milan Kundera takes to witness the reader viewer who becomes a full fledged character of this piece Jacques discreetly Sir Designating the public to his Master What did they all looking at us.Nominations for the abyss and the Crusaders settled dialogues between characters, Milan Kundera, Denis Diderot and the reader viewer the innkeeper You do not need to think it says that you will take the duck, potatoes and a bottle of wine.Finally, a fast pace, precise, chiseled writing, Milan Kundera gives the desire to read this piece from the first to the last line without interruption. . I like Kundra because he doesn t imprison me in a fastened frame of a classic narration Reading Kundra seems as if you meet an old friend in a cafe shop after ages, and while she he relates her his life story, you zip your coffee, listen to the cafe music, hear some chats and laughs at nabouring tables, look at the peddlers at side walk, or a passing tramvay, as life is flowing around, 1377 . Kubu Fatalista i jego Pan to moja obsesja z czas w liceum i pocz tku studi w W wariacji Kundery du o jest element w, kt re ju wtedy mnie ujmowa y wychodzenie do czytelnika, zabawa form Rzeczywi cie ch tnie zobaczy abym t sztuk na scenie, i tak jak pisa Kundera, wystawion przez jaki teatr studencki Poza tym arcyciekawy dla mnie okaza si historyczny kontekst powstania Kubusia i jego Pana Wprowadzenie do wariacji i ko cowa nota od autora s tutaj wyj tkowo cenne. . . Kundera s book The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is my favorite novel Immortality is another one of his standout works He has only written 9 books the last was in 2000 He has one short story collection and four plays, of which this is one Jacques and His Master, as stated, is an homage to Diderot When I realized how much I loved his novels, I quickly picked up this play, too For those who haven t widely read Kundera, you should know he tends towards philosophical musings I would have appreciated in this play, but his machinations were still very clever This book actively breaks the fourth wall from the very first act Then characters recount their backstory to each other while simultaneously acting it out I know, it takes a minute to follow The plot is less important to this play than the idea behind it Indeed, it centers around a lot of little happenings, like most of his novels, rather than one make or break event This drama isn t that kind towards women, either, but that could be Diderot s doing This was an easy, breezy read, but I can t say I will ever read it again It didn t have any of those drop dead aha moments I have found in all his other works If you aren t prepared, this play might hurt your head Kundera is most famous for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but I recommend starting with Immortality or The Book of Laughter and Forgetting instead Disappointment is not to be found there.