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Czech writer Milan Kundera poses in a garden in Prague 14 October 1973. Novelist born in Brno, Czech Republic, Kundera lectured in Cinematographic studied in Prague until he lost his post after the Russian invasion in 1968. His first novel, Zert (1967, The Joke), was a satire on Czechoslovakian-style Stalinism. In 1975 he fled to Paris, where he has lived ever since, taking French nationality in 1981. He came to prominence in the West with his "The book of Laughter and Forgetting" in 1979, and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" in 1984 which was filmed in 1987. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

Czech writer Milan Kundera poses in a garden in Prague 14 October 1973. Novelist born in Brno, Czech Republic, Kundera lectured in Cinematographic studied in Prague until he lost his post after the Russian invasion in 1968. His first novel, Zert (1967, The Joke), was a satire on Czechoslovakian-style Stalinism. In 1975 he fled to Paris, where he has lived ever since, taking French nationality in 1981. He came to prominence in the West with his "The book of Laughter and Forgetting" in 1979, and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" in 1984 which was filmed in 1987. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)