Milan Kundera was born in Czechoslovakia in 1929. His novels include The Joke, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality. ‘The Great Return’, published in Granta 78, is taken from his novel Ignorance. His most recent work is The Festival of Insignificance was published by Faber in 2014. He lives in France.
Milan Kundera on Granta.com
The Story of a Variation
‘I have often heard it said that the novel has already exhausted all its possibilities. I have the opposite impression: that in four hundred years of existence the novel has missed many of its opportunities: it has left many great opportunities unexploited, many roads forgotten, many calls unheard.’