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Milan learned to play the piano from his father; he later studied musicology and musical composition. Musicological influences and references can be found throughout his work; he has even included musical notation in the text to make a point.
He belonged to the generation of young Czechs who had had little or no experience of the pre-war democratic Czechoslovak Republic. Still in his teens, he joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia which seized power in After two terms, he transferred to the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he first attended lectures in film direction and script writing.
In , his studies were briefly interrupted by political interferences. He and writer Jan Trefulka were expelled from the party for "anti-party activities. After Kundera graduated in , the Film Faculty appointed him a lecturer in world literature. In Milan Kundera was readmitted into the Party. He was expelled for the second time in Kundera, along with other reform communist writers such as Pavel Kohout , was partly involved in the Prague Spring.
This brief period of reformist activities was crushed by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August He taught for a few years in the University of Rennes. Kundera has repeatedly insisted on being considered a novelist, rather than a political or dissident writer. Political commentary has all but disappeared from his novels starting specifically after The Unbearable Lightness of Being except in relation to broader philosophical themes. Kundera takes his inspiration, as he notes often enough, not only from the Renaissance authors Giovanni Boccaccio and Rabelais , but also from Laurence Sterne , Henry Fielding , Denis Diderot , Robert Musil , Witold Gombrowicz , Hermann Broch , Franz Kafka ,  Martin Heidegger , and perhaps most importantly, Miguel de Cervantes , to whose legacy he considers himself most committed.
Originally, he wrote in Czech. From onwards, he has written his novels in French. Between and he undertook the revision of the French translations of his earlier works. As a result, all of his books exist in French with the authority of the original. His books have been translated into many languages. Kundera was quick to criticize the Soviet invasion in This led to his blacklisting in Czechoslovakia and his works being banned there. Set in Czechoslovakia before, during and after the Second World War , Life Is Elsewhere is a satirical portrait of the fictional poet Jaromil, a young and very naive idealist who becomes involved in political scandals.
There he published The Book of Laughter and Forgetting which told of Czechoslovak citizens opposing the communist regime in various ways. Critics have noted the irony that the country that Kundera seemed to be writing about when he talked about Czechoslovakia in the book, "is, thanks to the latest political redefinitions, no longer precisely there" which is the "kind of disappearance and reappearance" Kundera explores in the book.
In an infinite universe, everything is guaranteed to recur infinitely. In , American director Philip Kaufman released a film adaptation. Main article: Immortality novel In , Kundera published Immortality. The novel, his last in Czech, was more cosmopolitan than its predecessors, as well as more explicitly philosophical and less political.
It would set the tone for his later novels. The Festival of Insignificance[ edit ] Main article: The Festival of Insignificance The novel focuses on the musings of four male friends living in Paris. The protagonists discuss, among other topics, their relationships with women and existentialism faced by individuals in the world.
The novel received generally negative reviews. Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times describes the book as being a "knowing, pre-emptive joke about its own superficiality". Kundera is more concerned with the words that shape or mold his characters than with their physical appearance. He, as the writer, thus wishes to focus on the essential, arguing that the physical is not critical to understanding a character. Indeed, for him the essential may not even include the interior world the psychological world of his characters.
Each new book manifests the latest stage of his personal philosophy. Some of these meta-themes include exile, identity, life beyond the border beyond love, beyond art, beyond seriousness , history as continual return, and the pleasure of a less "important" life. Specifics in regard to the characters tend to be rather vague. Often, more than one main character is used in a novel; Kundera may even completely discontinue a character, resuming the plot with somebody new.
He does not view his works, however, as political commentary. According to the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes , "What he finds interesting is the similarity between totalitarianism and "the immemorial and fascinating dream of a harmonious society where private life and public life form but one unity and all are united around one will and one faith. In Sixty-three Words, a chapter in The Art of the Novel, Kundera recounts an episode when a Scandinavian publisher hesitated about going ahead with The Farewell Party because of its apparent anti-abortion message.
Not only was the publisher wrong about the existence of such a message, Kundera explains, but, "I was delighted with the misunderstanding. I had succeeded as a novelist.
I succeeded in maintaining the moral ambiguity of the situation. I had kept faith with the essence of the novel as an art: irony. Further in this vein, he interpolates musical excerpts into the text for example, in The Joke , or discusses Schoenberg and atonality. Controversies[ edit ] In , Kundera signed a petition in support of Polish film director Roman Polanski , calling for his release after he was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his charge for drugging and raping a year-old girl.
The police report does not mention his activity as an agent. Unless we find all survivors, which is unfortunately impossible, it will not be complete. It states on its website  that its task is to "impartially study the crimes of the former communist regime. His acceptance address is printed in his essay collection The Art of the Novel. In , he was awarded the international Herder Prize. In , he was awarded the Czech State Literature Prize.
In , he was made an honorary citizen of his hometown, Brno.
Milan learned to play the piano from his father; he later studied musicology and musical composition. Musicological influences and references can be found throughout his work; he has even included musical notation in the text to make a point. He belonged to the generation of young Czechs who had had little or no experience of the pre-war democratic Czechoslovak Republic. Still in his teens, he joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia which seized power in After two terms, he transferred to the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he first attended lectures in film direction and script writing. In , his studies were briefly interrupted by political interferences. He and writer Jan Trefulka were expelled from the party for "anti-party activities.
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