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Milan Kundera

Agnieszka Holland's Burning Bush

Francis Levy | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Political films tend to create a black and white universe and Burning Bush is rescued from being a lives of the saints, employing the Czech penchant for ambivalence and irony, which serve to broaden its moral spectrum

Just In Case It Matters: Agnieszka Holland Ignites Burning Bush

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

Sometimes a revolution can be started by a seemingly futile act. That's the premise behind the Czech miniseries Burning Bush, which made its American debut this week. It's playing theatrically in New York and can also be viewed on Fandor.com. Kino Lorber will be distributing the DVD release.

Why the Woody Allen Affair Makes Us All Uneasy, and Rightly So

Sandip Roy | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Sandip Roy

Is Kristof justified in lending his New York Times megaphone to launch what is effectively Dylan's call for a sort of cultural blacklisting of Woody Allen -- a trial by media because it's too late for a trial by court?

He Gave Prague Castle the Bird

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

Life is Elsewhere is the title of a novel by the Czech, novelist, dissident and pornosopher Milan Kundera, The title was taken from an expression graf...

Peruse These Hunting Grounds for Your Fellow Intellectuals

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

If you're looking for another intellectual with whom to swap theories, feelings and the occasional cold virus, the following places could serve you well in your hunt.

Mohammad and Kundera: On the Power of Humor and the Troubles of Translation

David Kersh | Posted 04.10.2012 | Books
David Kersh

Undoubtedly, translation is a tricky business; but what is sadly clear, though, is how the need to do away with humor translates so seamlessly and all too well, from Kundera's fictional Czech republic to a very real and dangerous Iran.

Reading Vaclav Havel In Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.24.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Last weekend Vaclav Havel died, just at the time when he was most read in Cuba. He left and we can't hear his voice in a classroom of our University, nor listen to his extensive collection of anecdotes about the years of Soviet control.

Queries and Hopes for the Future of Storytelling

Kieran Fitzgerald | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Kieran Fitzgerald

It's my hope that going forward we do not come to undervalue, or lose sight of, art's special capacity. I hope future generations will be able to spend their moments interacting with the ever-replenishing fount of a composition.

Best Literary Sex Scenes (Most Don't Take Place In Beds)

flavorwire.com | Kathleen Massara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writing about sex in literature is a difficult task; there are so many ways authors can go wrong. Nowadays, most writers spend too much time on the bu...

Book Review Roundup: Milan Kundera, Tana French, Adventures On K2

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Encounter" by Milan Kundera Milan Kundera asks this question in writing about the painter Francis Bacon, one of many cultural figures he addresses ...

Translators Deserve Credit Too: Who Really Wrote The Kundera You Love?

The Guardian | Tim Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Who wrote the Milan Kundera you love? Answer: Michael Henry Heim. And what about the Orhan Pamuk you think is so smart? Maureen Freely. Or the imagina...

In Praise of Slow Thinking

Carl Honore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carl Honore

Slow Thinking is intuitive, woolly and creative. It is what we do when the pressure is off, and there is time to let ideas simmer on the back burner. It yields rich, nuanced insights and sometimes surprising breakthroughs.

"Unbearable Lightness" Author Kundera Informed On Western Spy, Document Shows

AP | ONDREJ HEJMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — A document written by the Czech Communist police claims that Milan Kundera _ author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Bei...

Culture Zohn: The Unbearable Lightness of Being '08

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Zohn

2008-09-03-zohn_bowler.jpgIt's important to remember that politics demands nuance and good listening skills, that politicians are not saints (except I guess St. Sarah), that dealing with repressive Russia is not going to be uncomplicated.

Milan Kundera Receives Czech Literary Award

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

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 hi...