Milan Kundera is one of the more interesting characters in the world of literature. A political maverick in his birth land of the Czech Republic, he’s part rock star for many reasons. On top of being a highly lauded author, he’s one of a handful of respected writers who actually uses his second language (French) to tell his stories. He’s also constantly in the mix for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Perhaps his most alluring/enticing (strange/frightening?) trait is that he’s got a bit of the J.D. Salinger going on, rarely offering press interviews and going incognito much of the time.
Whatever the case, he’s so much more than his most famous work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. While that’s a great book (and film!), all four of the books I’ve read by him have had something to offer that another one didn’t.
In the wake of pus**gate and the U.S. political arena’s equivalent to Chernobyl, I think Mr. Kundera would offer these sage words from the last novel he wrote in Czech, Immortality:
“Woman is the future of man. That means that the world that was once formed in man’s image will now be transformed into the image of woman. The more technical and mechanical, cold and metallic it becomes, the more it will need the kind of warmth that only the woman can give it. If we want to save the world, we must adapt to the woman, let ourselves be led by the woman, let ourselves be penetrated by the…eternally feminine.”