In an open letter to Milan Kundera, Norman Podhoretz claimed that Kundera was being claimed by the left, whereas he really belongs with the neoconservatives. There is a lot of truth in this.
Throughout its history, the novel has never known how to take advantage of its endless possibilities. It missed its chance.
Milan Kundera’s opinions on others
This story is not allegory. But my book is a polyphony in which various stories mutually explain, illumine, complement each other. The basic event of the book is the story of totalitarianism, which deprives people of memory and thus retools them into a nation of children.