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A Kidnapped West or Culture Bows Out

Milan Kundera

Translated by Edmund White

'But since Europe itself is in the process of losing its own cultural identity, it perceives in Central Europe nothing but a political regime; put another way, it sees in Central Europe only Eastern Europe.'

Milan Kundera

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.

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Translated by Edmund White

Edmund White is a novelist and literary critic. He has written some twenty-five books – novels, memoirs, travel books, biographies and essays. He has written on Sartre, Genet, homosexual desire and sex as well as on Proust and Paris. He teaches writing at Princeton and is a contributing editor at Granta.

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