|Encounter; Milan Kundera|
Faber; Rs 499; Pp 176
In a fresh instalment of his career-long homage to Rabelais in his new book Encounter: Essays, Kundera describes “misomusy” (detestation of the Muses) as “an indifference to art, a rejection of art, an allergy to art”. Non-serious Rabelais, in France (unlike everywhere else), was first forgotten and then reduced to a “serious” humanist thinker. Kundera asserts, with regret: “Now that historiography and literary theory are becoming ever more ‘misomusistic’, writers are the only people who can say anything interesting about Rabelais.” As only they can about all writers.
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