I found this article about Kundera that I found quite interesting. Here's the link if you want to check it out http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/milan-kundera-skips-hometown-conference-on-his-work-1.802373
It basically states that in 1975 he left the Czech Republic for France and became a French citizen in 1981and hasn't been back since then. In recent years he's even gone so far as to forbid publishers from publishing his books in the Czech language. In fact, the last book he published in Czech was Immortality, in 1990. This could be some sort of metaphor but it seems rather odd to me. He also hasn't returned to accept the Czech National Prize for literature and has even stated that "sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should be studied as French literature and classified as such in book stores"