Milan Kundera

"A writer who experienced exile and faced the cruelty of the world with laughter and forgetting"


Milan Kundera died on 11/07/2023, he is a Czech-French novelist. He was born on 01/04/1929, one of his best-known artworks "The Unbearable Lightness of Being''. Kundera belongs to a family of social and artistic elite in the country. He was a lecturer of World Literature, and he joined the Royal Community Party but he soon faced political troubles because of his works, which seem to be out of the mainstream literature. Kundera was granted French citizenship in 1981, two years after the withdrawal of Czech nationality. Since then he started writing in French. 

After publishing his novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being ", Kundera achieved wide fame in France. 

It talks about four artists, two Czech intellectuals, and a dog. He presented throw which a small preview of cultural and intellectual life in his country, especially in the short period of reform, which ends when Soviet tanks rolled into the Czech Capital.

His most famous work: 

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
  • The Joke.
  • Laughable Loves.
  • Slowness.
  • Jacques and His Master[7
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
  • Immortality
  • The Festival of Insignificance.

The most prestigious Awards:

  • Jerusalem Prize.
  • The Austrian State Prize for European Literature
  • Ovid Prize awarded by the Romanian Writers Union and Romanian Council. 
  • Czech State Literature Prize. 

Some of his famous quotations:

  • “Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can make only one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions.”
  • '' A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us. ” 
  • There are a lot of fools to answer, they know everything.