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We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.  - 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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