Kundera library returning to Brno

Milan Kundera, together with his wife Věra, have donated the author’s library and archive to the Moravian Library in Brno, Czech Republic. The library has announced that the transfer of books and other materials from the Kundera’s Paris apartment will take place later this fall.

Besides numerous international editions of the author’s books, his articles and articles about him, reviews, newspaper clippings, the archive also contains authorized photographs and some drawings by Kundera. “I think that books belong to a library, so it is logical that I put them in the Moravian Library,” Kundera said in conjunction with the announcement of the gift.

After the archive and library are catalogued and inventoried they will be placed in a seperate study room called “Milan Kundera’s Library”, which will also host readings, as well as literary debates and discussions. The Moravian Library has been working with the Kunderas over a longer period of time, having presented the exhibition of Kundera “not lost in translation” as well as a Czech-French publication “The Work of Milan Kundera in Translations” in 2019.

Věra Kunderová added that Czech editions of Kundera’s most recent novel, The Festival of Insignificance as well as Ignorance, are currently being readied and that there will be a renewed premiere of his 1962 absurdist drama The Owners of the Keys at the Brno National Theatre on October 23.

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