A Short Improvisation on Milan Kundera’s Slowness

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Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya’s improvisations, or rather his interpretation as improvisation (of classical Indian texts, thinkers, schools of thought and concepts, as well as of the work of Immanuel Kant), inspires my own improvisation on Milan Kundera’s 1996 novel Slowness (La lenteur, 1995). Not only do I attempt to improvise, or to “interfere creatively” (apropos the Sanskrit notion of svīkaraṇa) in Kundera’s work, but moreover, I argue that this is exactly how he himself works in Slowness with Vivant Denon’s 1777 novella No Tomorrow (Point de lendemain). Reading Kundera, as I do here, with and through Indian theory, from the 7th or 8th century poet Rājaśekhara to contemporary thinkers such as Bhattacharyya, Daya Krishna, Mukund Lath and others, is not a standard move. However, it enables me to contemplate “in action” about the possibilities and impossibilities of a cross-cultural dialogue, as a potent tool of interpretation.

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4

Daya Krishna, “Thinking Creatively about the Creative Act,” Punjab University Research Bulletin 30. 1&2 (1999): 21.

5

Mukund Lath, Transformation as Creation: Essays in the History, Theory and Aesthetics of Indian Music, Dance and Theatre (Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 1998), 25.

6

Bhattacharyya, Studies in Philosophy, xx.

10

Ibid., 159.

11

K.S. Murty, The Realm of Between (Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1973), ix.

13

Natasa Kovacevic, “History on Speed: Media and the Politics of Forgetting in Milan Kundera’s Slowness,” Modern Fiction Studies 52, 3 (2006): 649.

15

Kovacevic, “History on Speed,” 635-636.

16

Daya Krishna, Civilizations: Nostalgia and Utopia (Delhi: Sage Publications, 2012), 123.

18

Kovacevic, “History on Speed,” 636.

19

Ibid., 635-636.

22

Ibid., 67.

24

Kundera, The Art of the Novel, 20.

26

Richard Rorty, “Heidegger, Kundera and Dickens,” in Essays in Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers Volume 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 67.

27

Jones, “Milan Kundera’s Slowness – Making It Slow,” 66.

28

Ibid., 72.

29

Ibid., 73.

30

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “The Politics of Translation,” in Outside in the Teaching Machine (New York: Routledge, 1993), 180.

33

Daya Krishna, “Thinking vs. Thought: Strategies for Conceptual Creativity,” Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 5.2 (1988): 54.

34

Daya Krishna, “Freeing philosophy from the prison-house of I-centricity”, Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 20.3 (2003): 135-143.

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