Forget Death of the Author, try assassination...

Milan Kundera has hit out at reports that that he denounced a Czech agent for western intelligence to the communist secret police in 1950, which resulted in the man, Miroslav Dvoracek, being sentenced to death, but which was reduced to 22 years. Dvoracek ended up serving 14 years hard labour. Media shy Kundera has said the accusation amounts to "the assassination of the author." No doubt it will inspire many critical papers as well as a nifty pun on Barthes 'Death of the Author'. It will be interesting to note how different the author's reception will become, also bearing in mind his advanced age.

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