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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.
         
   
F
High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor . . .

R
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
A
No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.
N
The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
K
The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Paul, in Immortality, pt. 3, "The Brilliant Ally of his Own Gravediggers" (1991).
R: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1978; tr. 1980).
A: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, pt. 6, ch. 12 (1984).
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: Quoted in: Guardian (London, 3 June 1988).
   


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