from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Kundera, Milan Born 1929. Czech-born writer best known for his novels, including The Joke (1967), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979), and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), all of which exhibit his extreme, though often comical, skepticism.


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  • Kundera is really telling us that when the state becomes so powerful that trustfulness between human beings is destroyed, then men and women become ruthless towards each other.


  • Apparently, Milan Kundera is causing untold suffering in his native country:

    Kinky, Kundera, Camus, and More

  • Kundera is definitely WHAM material, and other more recent authors.

    Changing the Inner World

  • Well, I think The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is pretty good.

    Marina Lewycka - live webchat - 8th July, 2009

  • As a beginning writer and a long time reader, I find myself thinking Kundera is an example of what I don’t want to be and Atwood is an example for what I dream of becoming.

    Two Books on Writing « So Many Books

  • Unbearably light, to paraphrase Kundera: Purim's message is that there is no anchor, that all is random, that carnival is real and there is nothing you can do about it.


  • For years now the nice Mr. Raman has been introducing me to books I've very much enjoyed by authors such as Kundera, Vikram Seth, Bulgakov, Orhan Pamuk, R.K. Narayan and Saramago.

    Sexism among the Bookshelves?

  • "To a large extent, we try to present living writers and very young writers, but we cannot ignore established writers such as Kundera, Kafka or Hrabal because, thanks to them, Czech literature is known throughout the world," he said.

    The Prague Post

  • Ms. Schnier cites the Czech dissident writer Milan Kundera, who described the "men and women who were falsely charged with crimes against the state, convicted in sham trials, and hanged."

    The Defense

  • He is different from Hesse or, say, Milan Kundera in that he is a philosopher first and a novelist second.

    Plot-Driven Epistemological Dilemmas


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