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Milan Kundera

 

(*1929)

 
 
Milan Kundera is the world’s most successful and most translated author of Czech origin, a writer, poet, playwright and translator who began with poetry and wrote philosophical stories and novels including Laughable Loves, The Joke, The Farewell Waltz and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

Kundera has lived in France since 1975 and has been writing in French since the end of the 1980s.

His masterpieces abroad include The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1982) and Immortality (1988). His works deal with the problems of internal and external human freedom and responsibility. Other novels include Slowness (1994), Identity (1996) and Ignorance (2000).

Kundera returns to the Czech Republic only occasionally. He doesn't make public appearances and strictly limits the publication of his works in Czech.

His novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being was not published in the Czech Republic until October 2006. Two other novels written by Kundera in the 1970s have not been published at all in Czech. His work was published at the beginning of this decade in the magazine Host and was followed by a Czech publication of his essays.

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