There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his space, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time. In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.
I like this quote, and the idea, mainly because I think it is true. This is why I adore Kundera; he writes his thoughts down in a way that no one else has. He takes the ideas that we only think about, and brings them to life through his writing.
Do I recommend the book? HELL YES !! Anything written by Kundera is worth reading. :)...Continua