Books by Linda Asher

THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"This strangely amusing novella has the power to inspire serious efforts to find significance in the very book in which it is so perversely denied."
Forgotten tyrants and blatant belly buttons have equally playful roles in this deceptively slight, whimsically thoughtful tale of a few men in Paris not doing or saying much. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTER by Milan Kundera
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Shows that bright shards of clear prose can serve as windows into the unknown."
A collection of essays, book, music and art reviews, ruminations and recollections by the celebrated Franco-Czech novelist (Ignorance, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CURTAIN by Milan Kundera
Released: Feb. 7, 2007

"On bright display are Kundera's vast reading, his passion for his art and his disdain for the ordinary."
A celebrated Franco-Czech novelist considers the history of the novel and worries about its future. Read full book review >
IGNORANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"An honorable failure: Kundera's taking himself too seriously is offset by his ability to change the subject again and again—though, at end, nothing adds up to much."
Czech émigré Kundera (Identity, 1998, etc.) returns to Prague for this hodgepodge of romance, history, and philosophy. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF DOCTOR SACHS by Martin Winckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Our inherent fascination with medical stories aside, Winckler's patiently detailed exploration of a life lived almost solely for others makes his low-keyed tale as heartwarming and life-affirming an experience as it is an unpretentiously realistic one."
A piecemeal portrait of the days of a provincial French physician, this appealing 1997 novel (the second by its relatively late-blooming author, himself a retired doctor) won France's Prix du Livre Inter (just how many French literary prizes are there, by the way?) and was the basis for a highly popular recent film. Read full book review >