Everything you need to understand or teach Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera.
The poet's mother gets pregnant by a young engineer, and to her shock, the engineer wants her to have an abortion. The poet's mother refuses and instead has her parents make the engineer marry her. The mother imagines that she conceived of the poet by way of Apollo, and names him Jaromil, a name in Czech almost as exalted as Apollo. Jaromil grows up a spoiled child, not only because of his mother's family's wealth, but because he is mother-dominated. Though Jaromil is picked on, he becomes boyhood friends with the janitor's son, who helps Jaromil beat-up and torture another boy. This is a foreshadowing of the relationship between Jaromil and his friend later in life.
Jaromil's father is not in love with Maman anymore and is gone more and more from the family. When Jaromil is about 13, he becomes a student of the artist, who fills him...
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