03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Milan Kundera Receives Czech Literary Award

Milan Kundera has won the Czech Republic's State Award for Literature for the first publication of his novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" in his former home country.

Kundera wrote a letter to Culture Minister Vaclav Jehlicka expressing thanks for the award, which includes a $15,700 prize, the ministry's spokeswoman Marcela Zizkova said Monday.