Jiří Trávníček

(b.1960) is a literary theorist and critic, currently at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. He publishes in a number of literary journals. Besides others, he is an author of a book of essays on the present state of contemporary fiction, The Story, Is It Dead? (Host, Brno 2003).


Twenty-two years later

A second reading of Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

First published in Czech in 1985 by the Toronto-based ’68 Publishers, illicitly imported copies of Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being first circulated on a strictly hand-to-hand basis. Now, when it is freely available on the shelves of bookshops, what does it mean to the Czech reader? Twenty-two years later, literary critic Jiri Travnicek discovers a newfound appreciation for Kundera’s narration, characterization, and above all wisdom.

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