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Interview: Milan Kundera

Ian McEwan & Milan Kundera

Translated by Ian Patterson

'If you are a small nation, though, you do not make history. You are always the object of history.'

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize four times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement, recently made into a film, received the W.H. Smith Literary Award (2002), the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). His 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel is Solar. He was chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.

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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 Ian Patterson

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