Among Faber&Faber 90th Anniversary Short Stories Collection, Milan Kundera’s got a special praise page in the end of the book from Philip Roth written in 1974, saying
"Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead seems to me 'Chekhovian' not merely because of its tone, or its concern with the painful and touching consequences of time passing and old selves dying, but because it is so very good."
With this much anticipation, reading this very short story is of much disappointment. The style of writing is a bit shallow, Philip Roth’s “painful and touching consequences” are nowhere to be found. The story is reluctant, although it does fit to Milan Kundera’s erotic style. His forever 7-chapter-structured novels are most of the time of similar style, and some of them were a pleasant read, in-depth with melancholy temperament that one finds in Milan Kundera. However, this early piece is so inadequate.
A story is for its readers to judge. There are a thousand Hamlet, therefore, this quotation below is for those who embark on Milan Kundera’s early journey to discover the death of the past —
"This immediately struck her as a new corroboration of her conviction that the worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people." Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead
'You shouldn't always return to the past. It's enough that we have to devote so much time to it against our will.' Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead