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Milan Kundera
(1929-____) born on
Apr 1
Czech novelist, playwright, poet. He wrote various works combining erotic comedy with political criticism.
For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?

Optimism is the opium of the people.
A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument . . .
Happiness is the longing for repetition.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Postscript to Life Is Elsewhere (1986; first published 1973).
R: The Joke, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1967; tr. 1982). The line, written by Ludvik on a postcard, was used by the Party as incriminating evidence against him, though it was only meant as "a joke."
A: Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1991).
N: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
K: On Criticism, Aesthetics, and Europe," in Review of Contemporary Fiction (summer 1989). Originally from Kundera's Introduction to François Ricard, La Littérature Contre Elle-M"me.

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