Recently revealed report shows author was informant

Milan Kundera‘s novels are populated by spies, dissidents and intellectuals. And now it appears the “Unbearable Lightness of Being” author may have had a personal take on his subjects.

A recently unearthed 1950 Prague police report indicates a 21-year-old film student with Kundera’s name ratted out a Western spy, resulting in the man’s imprisonment.

Kundera left Czechoslovakia in 1975 as a dissident but admits he was taken with communism as a young man. He certainly does not admit informing on the spy, Miroslav Dvoracek, even though the Czech weekly Respekt reproduced the police report with Kundera’s name clearly visible on its pages.

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