Milan Kundera, a famous writer from Czechoslovakia, has died at the age of 94 in Paris. He was known for his writings against totalitarianism and his novels exploring themes of love and exile. One of his most renowned works, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” depicted the Soviet invasion of Prague and gained critical acclaim. Kundera moved to France in 1975 and became a French citizen in 1980. He rarely returned to the Czech Republic and his final works were written in French, never translated into Czech. Kundera’s wife, Vera, played a significant role in his life, managing his career and serving as his translator. Born in 1929 in Brno, Kundera began writing in high school and later taught at a film academy. He faced controversy in 2008 when reports suggested he denounced someone as a spy in his youth, leading to a long prison sentence. Kundera denied the allegations. His works were translated into over 20 languages and he received various literary prizes throughout his career. In 2019, the Czech Republic restored his citizenship, which had been revoked during the communist regime.
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