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The Joke: The Definitive Version Fully Revised by the Author (1992), Kundera's first novel, was originally published in 1967, after several years' delay by the censors. It concerns a young man who, as a result of a humorous postcard sent to his girlfriend, is chastised by the Communist government for expressing rebellious sentiments.
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The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1981), by Milan Kundera, concerns fictional characters in the context of real historical events which took place in Czechoslovakia under Russian occupation. Kunera's citizenship as a Czech was taken away from him upon publication of this novel.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), by Milan Kundera, focuses on two couples in the context of the Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia. It was made into a movie in 1986.
Slowness (1996), by Milan Kundera, was Kundera's first novel originally written in the French language. It focuses on three separate fictional stories which take place in the same Chateau over the course of one night, and concerns a central theme of the speeding up of modern life, as compared to the slowness of premodern culture.
Milan Kundera: A Voice from Central Europe (1981), by R. C. Porter, discusses Kundera's literary career in the historical context of the political circumstances of Central Europe.
Writing At Risk: Interviews in Paris with Uncommon Writers (1991), by Jason Weiss, includes an interview with Kundera, as well as interviews with such writers as Albert Camus, Julio Cortazar, Eugene Ionesco, Carlos Fuentes and others.
Milan Kundera and the Art of Fiction: Critical Essays (1992), edited by Aron Aji, is a diverse collection of essays by different critics, discussing Kundera's literary style.
Milan Kundera and Feminism: Dangerous Intersections (1995), by John O'Brien, explores the feminist implications of Kundera's stories.
The Novel: Language and Narrative from Cervantes to Calvino, by Andre Brink, explores the uses of language and literary style in the development of the novel through history, and includes a chapter on Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being.