Milan Kundera


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Milan Kundera (born 1 April 1929) is the Czech Republic's most recognised living writer. Of Czech origin, he has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981.

Kundera's best-known work is The Unbearable Lightness of Being. His books were banned by the Communist regimes of Czechoslovakia until the downfall of the regime in the Velvet Revolution of ... more »

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  • We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge ...
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Agnes, in Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1991).
  • The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to...
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. "Imagagology," pt. 3, Immortality (1991).
  • The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by ev...
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 5, ch. 12 (1991).
  • ''I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.''
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechosolvakian author, critic. Immortality, pt. 4, ch. 11 (1991).
  • A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meanin...
    Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 5, ch. 3 (1991).
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