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One of the foremost contemporary Czech writers, Kundera is a novelist, poet, and playwright. His play The Keeper of the Keys, produced in Czechoslovakia in 1962, has long been performed in a dozen countries. His first novel, The Joke (1967), is a biting satire on the political atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. It tells the story of a young Communist whose life is ruined because of a minor indiscretion: writing a postcard to his girlfriend in which he mocks her political fervor.The Joke has been translated into a dozen languages and was made into a film, which Kundera wrote and directed. His novel Life Is Elsewhere won the 1973 Prix de Medicis for the best foreign novel. Kundera has been living in France since 1975. His books, for a long time suppressed in his native country, are once again published.The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), won him international fame and was a successful English-language film. In this work Kundera moves toward more universal and philosophically tinged themes, thus transforming himself from a political dissident into a writer of international significance. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 20,662 copies, 246 reviews
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting 5,699 copies, 57 reviews
Immortality 4,221 copies, 37 reviews
The Joke 3,547 copies, 35 reviews
Laughable Loves 2,643 copies, 15 reviews
Ignorance 2,161 copies, 31 reviews
Identity 2,145 copies, 26 reviews
Slowness 2,094 copies, 26 reviews
Life Is Elsewhere 2,062 copies, 17 reviews
The Farewell Party 1,750 copies, 17 reviews
The Art of the Novel 1,486 copies, 21 reviews
The Festival of Insignificance 523 copies, 21 reviews
Encounter: Essays 268 copies, 8 reviews
Jacques & His Master 245 copies, 2 reviews
Hebbes 5 4 copies
Eduard & God 3 copies
Monology 3 copies
1987 1 copy
My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (Contributor) 717 copies, 19 reviews
Terra Nostra (Afterword, some editions) 624 copies, 10 reviews
Granta 78: Bad Company (Contributor) 126 copies
The Gates of Paradise (Contributor) 101 copies, 2 reviews
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (Contributor) 97 copies, 1 review
Granta 17: While Waiting for a War (Contributor) 70 copies
The Unbearable Lightness of Being [1988 film] (Original book) 62 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 11: Greetings From Prague (Contributor) 53 copies
Granta 13: After the Revolution (Contributor) 47 copies
Granta 6: A Literature for Politics (Contributor) 36 copies
Miracle en Bohême (Preface, some editions) 4 copies
Notions de base: proses (Preface, some editions) 2 copies

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