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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
Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.

R
Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
A
A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
N
The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.
K
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, ahistorical accidents, soon forgotten.
 
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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: Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 6 (1991).
A: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 7, ch. 8 (1978; tr. 1980).
N: Immortality, pt. 5, ch. 12 (1991).
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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