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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Laughable Loves

Laughable Loves - Milan Kundera Insights into seduction which Kundera doesn't usually dare include in his novels. The story of the Hitchhiker, for example is just dark. In other short stories he makes the lotharios into buffoons. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kundera also glosses over one Casanova's insights into romance and women.

It's not likely Kundera is any kind of feminist, which may or may not have made him popular with ladies in the old Czechoslovakia, but as an honest portrayal of the humbling slapdash humour which Kundera probably grew up with, in Brno, Prague or wherever, it's priceless.