Posted on 11/14/2018 at 08:53 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Czech prime minister has offered to restore the exiled writer Milan Kundera’s citizenship, according to the Guardian.

Kundera, known and celebrated for such works as The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter, and Forgetting, was not embraced by his homeland for years.

In 1950, he was expelled from the Communist Party; he fled Czechoslovakia for France in 1975 and had his citizenship revoked a few years after that.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, however, called Kundera as a “legend of Czech, French and world literature” and spent some time with the novelist and his wife this past weekend during World War I commemorations.

Kundera, according to various media reports, is noncommittal about the offer.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: The Guardian

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