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Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.  - Milan Kundera
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Oeuvre (Gallimard, 2011 edition), p. 1183. Originally in French: "Ce qui distingue l'autodidacte de celui qui a fait des études..."

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Born: April 1, 1929 (age 89)

Nationality: Czechoslovakian

Occupation: Writer

Bio: Milan Kundera is the Czech Republic's most recognised living writer. Of Czech origin, he has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. Having written in both Czech and French, he revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not considered translations but original works.

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