The Farewell Waltz

The Farewell Waltz
AuthorMilan Kundera
Original titleValčík na rozloučenou
TranslatorPeter Kussi
CountryCzechoslovakia
LanguageCzech
Genre(s)Novel
Publisher
Publication date1976
ISBN0060997001


The Farewell Waltz (originally Valčík na rozloučenou) is a Czech-language novel by Milan Kundera published in 1972. French edition in 1976.

This novel mostly deals with love, hate and accidents between eight characters who are drawn together in a small spa town in Czechoslovakia in early 1970s.

Like most Kundera's work The Farewell Waltz is a book of many layers. On the surface it is a comedy or a burlesque. Still the comedy is just at the top of this story which involves much of darker and ambiguous tones[1].

Characters

Ruzena

A young and pretty nurse who has become pregnant from Klima.

Frantisek

A guy with a motorbike who believes that Ruzena is his girlfriend. He is willing to marry her even knowing that she's pregnant from another man.

Klima

A trumpeteer from a big orchestra, a donjuan who had a one-night stand with Ruzena and completely forgot about her until she informed him that she would be having a baby.

Kamila

She formerly was a popular songstress but had to end her career because of health problems. She is Klima's wife and is extremely jealous of her husband and always suspects that he's having some affairs.

Skreta

A gynecologist at the spa who wants to be adopted by Bertlef so he could become an American citizen, and who has an original method for helping couples that can't have babies (in cases when he suspects that the man is infertile, he uses injections of his own sperm)

Bertlef

A rich American with poor health who has to spend most of his time in the spa town. Thanks to Skreta he and his wife were able to have a baby (it is presumed that this was a case of Skreta's sperm treatment).

Jakub

Jakub is a former political prisoner, who now has received a permission to leave Czechoslovakia. He pays the last visit to his friend Skreta, who him once gave a pill of poison which would allow Jakub to commit suicide if he felt that all hope was lost.

Olga

Jakub's protegee Olga is the daughter of a man who once betrayed Jakub. She believes (because Jakub has told her so) that her father was Jakub's best friend.

References



Works by Milan Kundera
Novels: The Joke | Laughable Loves | Life Is Elsewhere | The Farewell Waltz | The Book of Laughter and Forgetting | The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Immortality | Slowness | Identity | Ignorance
Non-fiction: The Art of the Novel | Testaments Betrayed | The Curtain
Plays: Jacques and His Master
Milan Kundera (IPA: ['mɪlan 'kundɛra]) (born April 1, 1929 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) is a Czech-born writer who has written books in both Czech and French.
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Milan Kundera (IPA: ['mɪlan 'kundɛra]) (born April 1, 1929 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) is a Czech-born writer who has written books in both Czech and French.
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Czechoslovakia (Czech Československo; 1938 - 1939 and Slovak since 1990: Česko-Slovensko) was a sovereign state in Eastern-Central Europe that after declaring its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, existed from October 1918 until 1992 (with
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The Joke

Author Milan Kundera
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel
Publication date 1967
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 292 pp
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Laughable Loves

Original book cover
Author Milan Kundera
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
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Life Is Elsewhere (originally Život je jinde) is a Czech-language novel by Milan Kundera published in 1973.

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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Author Milan Kundera
Original title Kniha smíchu a zapomnění
Translator Michael Henry Heim
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Author Milan Kundera
Original title Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí
Country Czech Republic
Publisher
Publication date 1984 The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Czech language: Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí
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Slowness
Author Milan Kundera
Cover artist Suzanne Noli
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Harper Perennial
Publication date 1993
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
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Identity
Author Milan Kundera
Publisher
Publication date 1998 Identity is a novel by Franco-Czech writer Milan Kundera, published in 1998. It is possibly his most traditional novel in terms of narrative structure. It's also one of his shortest novels.
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Ignorance

English edition of Ignorance
Author Milan Kundera
Translator Linda Asher
Language French
Publisher
Publication date 2000
Published in English 2002
ISBN 0-571-21551-3 Ignorance (ISBN 0-571-21551-3) is a novel by Milan Kundera.
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The Curtain is a seven-part essay by Milan Kundera, along with The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed composing a type of trilogy of book-length essays on the European novel.
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