China View reports that although he's no Harry Potter, Milan Kundera enjoys surprising success in Shanghai.
According to Shanghai Translation Publishing House, which was authorized in 2002 to translate and publish 13 of Kundera's works, it has sold more than 1 million copies of the nine books it has published so far.
That makes Kundera the best selling foreign author of literary works in the city, although more than 7 million copies of the five novels of the magic Harry Potter have been sold in the city.
I haven't thought much of his most recent efforts but his earlier work remains essential reading. Skip the awful film adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and check out the original if you've never read it.