Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera

In today's article you can read the life and work of the Czech author named Milan Kundera.

Milan Kundera was born in 1929 in Czechoslovakia.

His father worked in the world of music as a pianist and director of an academy, which years later will help him make a living

When the Second World War ended, Milan Kundera decided to join the Communist Party, but apparently his ideals were not so similar to theirs and for this reason he was expelled in 1948.


It was at this time that he needed to somehow survive and used the piano skills his father had taught him when he was younger to work as apianistof a jazz band.

Milan Kundera began to study literature and aesthetics, but finally chose to follow another path and enter the Faculty of Film.

In 1956, he rejoined the Communist Party but was again expelled from it, this time conclusively.

During the years 1959 and 1969 he devoted himself to teaching film history at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, first, and at the Institute of Film Studies in Prague, later.

The first novel that Milan Kundera published was called «The joke», and in it, how could it be otherwise, he made a satire of what communism was from the time of Stalin since he had manypersonal stories in which he had experienced it in the first person. This work achieved such an impact that it was translated into twelve different languages and even won the 1968 Prize of the Czechoslovak Writers' Union.

He married Vera Hrabankova in 1967.

In 1968, Milan Kundera ended up without a job because the Soviet troops had invaded his country and, as a consequence, all his works were strictly prohibited.

In 1975, Milan Kundera was forced to emigrate to France. There he had no trouble finding a job teaching Comparative Literature at different prestigious centers.

With his work «Life is elsewhere «, Milan Kundera won a new award, the Médicis and with « Farewell», the Mondello Award.

In addition to this, the author's entire work was awarded the Commonwe alth Award in 1981.

At the same time, he published a new work titled “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting “, thanks to which he was able to regain Czech citizenship from him.

In 1982 he won the Europe-Literature Prize, and in 1984 he published his best work: «The unbearable lightness of being» which, years later, will be taken to the cinema from the hands of director Philip Kaufman triumphantly.

Apart from all this recognition, this work is considered an essential reading document to understand what life was like in Europe during the Cold War era.

In 2006, his work culminated «Launbearable lightness of being" was finally published in its own country, twenty-two years after it was published in Paris.

Milan Kundera received two more awards: the Czech National Prize for Literature in 2007 and the snamed Duke of Amarcord.

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