“The Hitchhiking Game” (“Falešný autostop”), from the second book, is a case in point. Here in miniature one finds Kundera’s characteristic philosophical. In Milan Kundera’s short story ”The Hitchhiking Game,” a young couple, on vacation, spontaneously find themselves engaged in a fantasy ”game,” in which. The “Game,” which begins playfully, turns out to have dire consequences in irrevocably A psychological thriller based on the short story by Milan Kundera.

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As Philip Roth has characterized the story in his introduction to Laughable Loves: Don’t expect me to be super tall though, I’m not a runway-runway model, just gaje. Go and work out something with him. And it causes him to rethink everything — not least of all their future together.

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This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. Similar censure and censorship hitchhking imposed upon other prominent writers of his generation, such as Miroslav Holub and Vaclav Havel. She pushes the envelope from flirtatious to seductive, empowered and free. Edit Storyline The Hitchhiking Game is based on a short story by Milan Kundera about two young lovers who begin a road trip together through the desert.

It allowed her to feel what she had not felt till now: She had even invented a special course in self-persuasion: The scarcity of summer accommodations in our country compelled him to book a room in the Tatras six months in advance, and since for that he needed a recommendation from his office, its omnipresent brain thus did not cease knowing about him even for an instant.

He walked through the restaurant — smoky, noisy, and crowded — and asked for the reception desk. As a result of democratic reforms begun in the early s, citizens expressed a desire for even more rapid reform. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? A curious feeling of satisfaction filled her, because she alone had the ability to be all women and in this way she alone could completely captivate her lover and hold his interest.

Lists with This Book. Misurella, Fred, Understanding Milan Kundera: On an impulse she decides to play a game with her lover. Full Cast and Crew. The driver slowed down so he could read the road signs, then turned off to the right. During the period of reform, Kundera was a member of the central committee of the Czechoslovak Writers Union from to The mind-body dualism that troubles the girl suggests that the story is a variation on the familiar Descartean theme of cogito ergo sum, revised here to “I play, therefore I am.


The story centers on a young couple on the first day of their vacation together. True, before he had met her, he had in fact behaved roughly rather than gently toward women.

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The roles that the young man and the girl play affect them differently. Set around the time of the Russian invasion, this novel focuses on two couples and concerns relationship issues such as sex and fidelity in the context of a repressive society.

She took in his glances, slipping off each piece of clothing with a caressing movement and enjoying each individual stage of this exposure. She didn’t feel ill-humored, though, at finding herself in an unexpected town.

The works of such great Czech writers as Kundera, Miroslav Holub, Vaclav Havel and even Franz Kafka who died in the s were therefore banned from publication, sale or library circulation in their own country until the mids.

She fears that she will one day lose the young man to such a woman. A Comparative Study, New Delhi: She imagines that, for the first time, she is giving him the sexual satisfaction she had feared only other women could give him.

She knew that her shyness was ridiculous and old-fashioned. It is the questions that are important, Kundera says over and over again in interviews and essays as he attempts to explain his work. His first novel set in France is published inand his subsequent novels were originally written in the French language.

In the beginning of the story, the young woman is jealous of other women because she knows that her boyfriend has had many casual sexual relationships.

The hitchhiking game

A young couple on the first night of their honeymoon spontaneously engage in a “Game,” whereby the young woman takes on the pretend role of a seductive hitchhiker, and the young man takes on the role of a stranger.


As such, the story reflects a basic philosophy of Kundera. For his part, the young man becomes spontaneous, driving to Nove Zamky instead of the Low Tatras, where they have a room reserved.

He deals with her moodiness, her lack of energy and self-confidence, her fears and her jealousies. This did not sit well with surrounding Communist nations, however, and, two months later, the Soviet Union and several allies invaded and occupied Prague. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

He knew that she loved him and that she was jealous. It seemed to her that she was cutting them all out, that she had learned how to use their weapons; how to give the young man what until now she had not known how to give him: At a crossroads, the young man spontaneously decides to take a road in another direction than that which they had originally planned.

Stavrianna marked it as to-read Sep 26, Socialist realism as a literary standard requires that a story or poem support the principles of Marxism within a realistic setting. She wanted him to be completely hers and she to be completely his, but it often seemed to her that the more she tried to give him everything, the more she denied him something: Want to Read saving….

Google provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. She stopped and began to wave at it like a hitchhiker waving at a stranger’s car. And even now, is it really her who is saying it? Havel was, nevertheless, a leader in the protests against the Communist regime in Prague higchhikingand was subsequently elected President of the newly formed Czech Republic three times between and The young man, however, even though he is aware that he is kundeda a role, cannot help but see his girl as the hitchhiker.

Wasn’t she freeing herself through the game?