The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Topics for Discussion

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Discuss what the importance of a first introduction or meeting between two people is for Jan. Specifically, explain how Jan and Marketa's relationship is defined based on their first few weeks together, versus how Jan reacts and relates to the woman he meets on the train.

Discuss the importance of love letters in the novel and the drive of the character to have lost love letters returned to him or her.

Why are the true historical events of Prague and the Czech Republic brought up frequently in an otherwise wholly fictional tale? What purpose do they serve?

Why do you believe Kundera inserts himself in the novel as a character "I" and what impact does it have on the novel altogether?

What are the various forms of laughter? Give an example of some extreme cases in the novel.

Explain the ring dance and Tamina's golden ring. How...

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