Milan Kundera, a Czech-French novelist, who has lived in exile in France since 1975, presents his vision of immortality as unequal individual socio-cultural contribution to the spiritual consciousness of humanity, according to which immortals are divided into greater and minor types, the artists and statesmen. Kundera’s novel Immortality
(1990) goes in line with one of the trends in the philosophical tradition which
considers immortality as everlasting influence, impact of life and creative
work of a man, who lived some time ago, upon minds, behavior and activity of
succeeding generations. This philosophical thought precisely reflects the views
of Russian psychiatrist and neurologist Vladimir Bekhterev, who founded the St.
Petersburg Psychoneurological Research Institute in 1907