Did you know?

Milan Kundera was stripped of the Czechoslovak citizenship in 1975 and has lived in exile in France ever since.Six years after,that is in 1981,he would become a French citizen.His exile must have been a bitter pill to swallow as he regards himself ”as a French writer whose books should be studied as French literature and classified as such in book stores”.

Despite all this,Milan Kundera,now aged 84,can console himself with the fact that his name will endure for many years after his death.Indeed besides writing one of the most thought-provoking novels of the late 20th century,Kundera has the peculiarity of having a belt-asteroid named after him: the 7390 Kundera,discovered,as you may have guessed,in his homeland in 1983!



2 thoughts on “Did you know?”

  1. Just an idea to add: I don’t think Kundera’s work can be labelled French because whatever his citizenship, he can’t help being rooted in Czechoslovak upbringing and sentiments. That’s something that is very hard to escape. I should know 😉

    1. I agree.
      I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being and I don’t know how this book can ever be considered a French book,although its first publication was in French.

      The characters are Czech and Kundera talks quite a lot about the political affairs in Prague and the Czech Republic as a whole.He talked about them in that book just as Tolstoy did about Russian politics in Anna Karenina!

      As I said his exile must have a bitter pill to swallow! 🙂

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