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									Milan KunderaMilan Kundera
Milan Kundera's study of philosophy is evident in his books, which are part meditation, part love story and part satire. In novels such as The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, he asks readers to consider not just his characters, but questions of history and human existence.

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Milan Kundera
Current Home:
Paris, France
Date of Birth:
April 1, 1929
Place of Birth:
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Undergraduate degree in philosophy, Charles University, Prague, 1952

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								Ignorance, Author: 
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by Milan Kundera
Kundera sets out to prove the old saying that you can't go home again, with this story of a man and woman who return to Prague 20 years after leaving and try to pick up where they left off.

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*  Laughable Loves (stories) (1968)
*  The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1978)
*  The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)
*  The Art of the Novel (1986)
*  Slowness (1994)
*  Identity (1996)
*  Ignorance (2002)

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The Great Novelists, According to Kundera

In an interview published in the Review of Contemporary Fiction in 1989, Kundera names who he considers Central Europe's four great novelists: Franz Kafka, Hermann Broch, Robert Musil, and Witold Gombrowicz. "Since Proust, I can't see anyone of greater importance in the history of the novel," Kundera said. "Without knowing them, not much of the modern novel can be understood."

*  Franz Kafka
*  Hermann Broch
*  Robert Musil

*  Witold Gombrowicz

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Kundera on Literature

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								Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Author: 
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Book of Laughter and Forgetting
by Milan Kundera
Kundera's first major international success, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is a masterpiece of experimental technique, weaving together narrative, autobiography and philosophy, and combining Kundera's penchant for grotesque erotic farce with the brittle irony of disillusionment.

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The Art of the Novel
by Milan Kundera
In a series of essays on authors ranging from Kafka to Cervantes, Kundera examines the "idea of the novel" as it relates to the form's greatest practitioners. His incisive analysis will enlighten readers of both Kundera's novels and those of his European antecedents.

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