Kundera’s Tech Anxiety: I Want My Novels to Stay True to What Library Is

Milan Kundera explains his anxiety with regard to technology’s influence on human behavior, book digitization and eBooks in general. No book written by Milan Kundera is sold as an eBook nor will it ever be since the author strictly forbids it.

Mais cela ne me débarrasse pas de l’angoisse… l’angoisse pour le livre tel que je le connais depuis mon enfance… Je veux que mes romans lui restent fidèles… fidèles à la bibliothèque.

The YouTube excerpt is in French and probably most of my readers do not speak French or so I assume/presume. Milan Kundera is an incredible author. If you have not read his books yet, you may have seen The Unbearable Lightness of Being movie, which is a far cry from the actual book. Some of his books are written in Czech because they were written before his coming into France. He took care to revise all the translations of his books into French in an effort to convey the meaning the author wanted to convey.

He is a very interesting author and literature theory critic. I met him through the eyes of a Polish professor who taught me Comparative Literature at Rennes II University in France. She was completely transported when she talked about Kundera’s novels and essays but also about his stay at Rennes II University as a professor.

That was my first introduction to Milan Kundera. And it had never stopped to date because you cannot possibly reach a complete understanding of a writer who is a universe in himself. As well as his attachment to library understood in its primary sense: matter, covers, dust, ink smell, possession.

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