Books: Broken Circles

THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING by Milan Kundera Translated by Michael Henry Heim Knopf; 228 pages; $10.95

Czechoslovakia's Communist government responded to the publication of this book in Europe last year by revoking the citizenship of Author Milan Kundera. The act was largely symbolic and gratuitous; Kundera had left his repressive homeland and settled in France in 1975. In their own thuggish way, though, the Czech authorities showed they were onto something when they bridled at Kundera's latest work. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is deeply and impressively subversive, in more...