Milan Kundera

milan kundera

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality, and the short story collection Laughable Loves - all originally in Czech. His most recent novels, Slowness, Identity and Ignorance, as well as his non-fiction works The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.

Books by Milan Kundera

The Joke

Published: September 2016

The Joke, Milan Kundera's first novel, of which Salman Rushdie wrote 'It is impossible to do justice here to the subtleties, comedy and wisdom of this very beautiful novel. The author of The Joke is clearly one of the best to be found anywhere.'

The Festival of Insignificance

Published: June 2016

The first new novel from International literary heavyweight, Milan Kundera, in over 12 years - now in B format.

The Festival of Insignificance

Published: July 2015

2015 sees the publication of the first new novel from International literary heavyweight, Milan Kundera, in over 12 years.

Encounter

Published: October 2010

Milan Kundera's new collection of essays is a passionate defence of art in an era that, he argues, no longer values art or beauty.

The Curtain

Published: May 2007

A brilliant exploration of the novel - its history and its art - from one of the genre's most distinguished practitioners.

The Art of the Novel

Published: January 2006

The classic of literary criticism from one of the world's greatest novelists

Immortality (Faber Classics)

Published: July 2005

Unbearable Lightness of Being

Published: July 2005

Testaments Betrayed

Published: July 2005

Slowness

Published: July 2005

Slowness by Milan Kundera manages to be both a heady tale of seduction and romance and, at the same time, a formidable display of existential analysis.

Ignorance

Published: July 2005

Ignorance

Published: July 2005

Ignorance by Milan Kundera is a literary masterpiece set in contemporary Prague, from the hugely acclaimed Czech novelist and author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Farewell Waltz

Published: July 2005

Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera poses serious questions with a compelling and blasphemous lightness, which makes us understand that the modern world has taken away our right to tragedy.

Life is Elsewhere

Published: July 2005

Life is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera is an intriguing early novel from the hugely acclaimed Czech novelist and author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Published: July 2005

Laughable Loves

Published: July 2005

Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera is a collection of seven masterful short stories which were banned upon their appearance in 1968.

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Published: July 2005

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera is the most secret of the acclaimed Czech writer's novels. This new translation is the first to be fully authorized by Milan Kundera.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Published: July 2005

One of the most important and affecting novels written in the twentieth century.

Immortality

Published: July 2005

Immortality, by Milan Kundera, the hugely acclaimed Czech novelist and author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being: 'It will make you cleverer, maybe even a better lover. Not many novels can do that.' Nicholas Lezard

Identity

Published: July 2005

Identity - by the hugely acclaimed Czech novelist Milan Kundera - is a novel which only provides further evidence of the astonishing literary, philosophical and psychological gifts belonging to the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

The Joke

Published: July 2005

The Joke, Milan Kundera's first novel, of which Salman Rushdie wrote 'It is impossible to do justice here to the subtleties, comedy and wisdom of this very beautiful novel. The author of The Joke is clearly one of the best to be found anywhere.'

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