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Milan Kundera

The great Czech writer has been living in France since the 1970s, and now writes in French. But his emigre's anxiety still haunts him. He will never go back, but his latest book is his saddest ever

By Elena Lappin   November 2002

Browsing on the internet in search of news about Milan Kundera, I came across this exchange between a Prague secondhand book dealer and a customer: “Customer: I recently bought a small book at your shop, Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera, the jacket was pretty worn and it didn’t look at all appealing. I paid a lot for it, 90 crowns. When I got home I noticed that the book’s original price was 6.50 crowns. I understand that you sell these books for a profit, but this is theft. You’re not just doubling or tripling the price, you’re getting 14 times…

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