Milan Kundera Quotes

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.




Milan Kundera, Moravian Czech Novelist, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984

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Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera
  • Born: April 1, 1929
  • Nationality: Czech
  • Profession: Writer

In his first novel, The Joke, he gave a satirical account of the nature of totalitarianism in the Communist era. Kundera was quick to criticize the Soviet invasion in 1968. This led to his blacklisting in Czechoslovakia and his works being banned there.