Posted on September 22, 2020 at 8:32 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today’s first round of awards news comes from overseas.

Milan Kundera, the long-exiled Czech author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has received one of his homeland’s top literary prizes.

Kundera’s Czech citizenship was restored last year, decades after it was revoked.

The restoration seems to have done much to reconcile Kundera and his native country, with the most recent evidence being his statement to Franz Kafka Prize officials.

Upon learning he’d won the $10,000 award, the 91-year-old author “joyfully” accepted it, said the chairman Franz Kafka Society, which jointly administers the prize with the city of Prague.

You can read more about Kundera and the Franz Kafka Prize in the Guardian

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