Milan Kundera is Czech Republic’s most famous living author and one of the literary masters of modern literature. Born on the 1st of April 1929 in Brno, as son of a musicologist and rector of Brno University, Milan Kundera was acquainted with the arts early on in his life. He wrote his first poems during highschool . He would carry on to study musicology, film, literature and aesthetics in Prague, at Charles’s University and pursued an academic career, first as an assistant and then as a professor at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts.
Milan Kundera’ s life was fast paced, as he joined the Communist party fueled by enthusiasm in 1948. In 1950, he was expelled from the party as he showed individualistic tendencies, but rejoined six years later and stayed until 1970. After the Soviet Invasion in 1968, Milan Kundera was one of the leaders of the failed radical movement known as the ”Prague Spring.” As a result, he lost his teaching position, his books were banned from libraries all over the country and then banned from even being published. In 1975, Milan Kundera found himself exiled and relocated to France, where he resumed his activity as a teacher. In 1979, he lost his Czech citizenship, as a reaction to his book , Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Other notable works written by Milan Kundera are The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, Immortality, La Ignorancia, Farewell Waltz.
Since 1985, Milan Kundera has only given written interviews, as he feels that otherwise his words are misquoted. Milan Kundera is one of the classics of the 20th century, deriving his inspiration from the works of Boccacio, Rabelais, Kafka or Heidegger. Kundera preffers to dissappear behind his books, staying out of the spotlight. He currently lives in Paris, with his wife Vera Hrabankova.
Have you read any of Milan Kundera’s books? Even if you’ve read one or not, the quotes you find below will definetely inspire you. Enjoy!
#1.I find myself fascinating.
#2. Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
#3. Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.
#4. Happiness is the longing for repetition.
#5. The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.
#6. The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.
#7. To be a writer does not mean to preach a truth, it means to discover a truth.
#8. Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
#9. Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.
#10. Optimism is the opium of the people.
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