Milan Kundera

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Historian David Kynaston is a life-long fan of Aldershot Town. Photograph:  David Levenson/Getty Images

A lot has happened in the five years since David Cameron made his Aston Villa gaffe. During April 2015, the prime minister was celebrating the diversi(...)

‘Anti-communist activities’: Milan Kundera has lived in France since being stripped of Czech citizenship, in 1979. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty

After more than 40 years in exile, Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, has been given back the citizenship of h(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

Michel Déon: the French writer and academician at his home in Co Galway in 2000. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For nearly 14 months after he died, in Galway, on December 28th, 2016, at the age of 97, the ashes of the French writer and academician Michel Déon we(...)

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They were Irish comedy’s equivalent of the Famous Five, though nobody ever called them that. Michael Redmond, Kevin McAleer, Ian MacPherson, Owen O’Ne(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

Zsuzsanna Zsohar, of  Migration Aid, helps migrants at Nyugati  station, Budapest. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Zsuzsanna Zsohar has gained much from helping migrants who are moving through Hungary in unprecedented numbers. She now has friends from distant land(...)

Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer and Shakespeare all have a role in literary showman Czech-born, Paris-based Milan Kundera’s first novel in 13 years. It is a(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

Britain’s Jenny Meadows has run four of the five quickest 800m times in the world this season

Anyone who has woken up to an early spring sunrise over the ancient city of Prague must feel this great sense of wonder. Not only did the fragile skyl(...)

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