World-famous writer Milan Kundera passed away: what he was famous for
On Wednesday, July 12, it became known about the death of the world-famous French writer of Czech origin Milan Kundera. The author of the cult novels "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "The Book of Laughter and Oblivion" was 94 years old.
This is reported by the Czech edition Novinky.cz. Four years before his death Kundera was returned Czech citizenship, which he was deprived of in 1979 because of his condemnation of the occupation policy of the Soviet Union.
Kundera was born in Brno in 1929 and studied philosophy at Charles University in Prague. He began publishing his own essays, poems and translations at the age of 20, and his first novel, The Joke, was published in 1967.
As a young man, Kundera was a member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, but in 1968 he condemned the Soviet troops' entry into the country and called for reforming its political system. For this, the author was expelled from the party. As a result, he was banned from teaching. Soon the writer emigrated to France.
In the new country, Kundera began teaching at the University of Rennes. There he wrote The Book of Laughter and Oblivion, after the publication of which he was deprived of Czechoslovak citizenship in 1979. However, two years later, the novelist was granted French citizenship.
The greatest fame Kundera brought the novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". The actions of the work unfold in 1968 in Soviet-occupied Prague.
In November 2019 in Paris, the writer was presented with documents to grant the Czech citizenship, which he was deprived of 40 years ago.
Recall, in June this year in the United States also passed away American writer Cormac McCarthy. The literary man died at the age of 89. He is best known for his book "Old people do not belong here".
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