A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrical age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people (no matter how dear) are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth. Yes, for fifteen years I’d thought of Lucie only as the mirror that preserved my image of those days!

The Joke, Milan Kundera, 1982 (trans.)


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