Posted on July 12, 2023 at 7:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Czech writer Milan Kundera, famous for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has died.

The 94-year-old died in Paris after a long illness, according to a spokeswoman for the Milan Kundera Library.

Kundera ran afoul of the Czech government from the very beginning of his writing career and eventually decided to leave his homeland for France, where his career continued to flourish.

It took decades, but Kundera reconciled with his home country back in 2019, becoming a citizen of the Czech Republic (he left for France when it was still Czechoslovakia).

Among his other works were The Joke (a satire of communism), Immortality, and Slowness.

You can read obituaries of Kundera in NPR, the Guardian, and the New York Times.

Additionally, Adam Thirlwell (in the Guardian) and Dwight Garner (in the New York Times) reflected on their own appreciation for Kundera's works.

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