Adopted more philosophical approach for career-defining The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Moved to France after being expelled from Communist Party of Czechoslovakia for second time
Published first novel, The Joke
Kundera received multiple prestigious awards during his career including the Jerusalem Prize in 1985, the international Herder Prize in 2000 and the Ovid Prize in 2011, and was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times.
Kundera published several book-length essays of literary criticism including 1986's The Art of the Novel, 1995's Testaments Betrayed and 2005's The Curtain.