I got the book and Kundera has certainly pegged a, if not the, recent movement of scholarship. Short and illuminating. Apparently Painted Word and Imperfect Life have companions feeding off of other renowned artists. He even gives Craig Raine a nod for defending Eliot against the prosecuting breastbeaters.
Chokh Raj wrote:
> ENCOUNTER by Milan Kundera - a NYTimes Book Review
> The Language of Exile
> By JOHN SIMON
> Yet the great cultural figures were not forgotten: the period toward the end of the 20th century, Kundera says, produced monographs on Graham Greene, Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Larkin, Brecht, Heidegger, Picasso, Ionesco, E.M. Cioran and others. But the attitude had shifted. Instead of emphasizing works, the monographers concentrated on lives, surface events beneath which they ferreted out the hidden Sin: "Europe was moving into the /age of the
> “Ah, Bertolt, what will be left of you?”