Milan Kundera

Author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and 30+ Books

Milan Kundera

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Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, when he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.Kundera has written in both Czech and French. He reviews all of his books in French translations; these are therefore not translations but original works. His books were banned from his native c... ountry because of censorship by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and that remained the case until the fall of this government in the 1989 Velvet Revolution.READ MORE

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Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect humankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.

I have no mission. No one has.

Tidak setiap perempuan pantas disebut sebagai seorang wanita.

Mimpi-mimpi kita membuktikan bahwa untuk berimajinasi-bermimpi mengenai hal-hal yang tidak terjadi-adalah kebutuhan manusia yang paling dalam.

Tapi benar untuk mencaci manusia karena ia buta terhadap 'coincidence' yang terjadi dalam kehidupan sehari-harinya. Karena dengan begitu, ia menghilangkan dimensi keindahan dari hidupnya.

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