Milan Kundera (5363 words)

Cristina Sandru (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Milan Kundera is among the few novelists to emerge from East-Central Europe since the Second World War to have achieved international recognition and critical acclaim. Lucid and cerebral, writing a prose charged in equal measure with flippant eroticism, dark existential metaphysics, and ironic humour, the Czech-Parisian writer is published in translation in over twenty-two languages. His literary and essayistic output made a decisive contribution to literary and intellectual debate on both sides of the Berlin Wall in the final decades of communist totalitarianism.

A particularly reclusive author-figure, Kundera is famously reluctant to speak about his life. Having experienced in his native country the curse of “total public v…

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Sandru, Cristina. "Milan Kundera". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 April 2006
[, accessed 21 January 2019.]

Related Groups

  1. Metafictional Writing
  2. Communism and Dissent in Central and Eastern Europe
  3. Postmodernist literature in Europe

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