Milan Kundera is an expatriate Czech writer. He is probably best known for his book "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" which was made into a movie.
"The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" is an earlier book. I first read it many years ago, and I was very impressed.
The book consists of many short chapters, each around a page or two. Some chapters tell the kind of personal story you would expect in a novel. Others tell about history, about the 1948 Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia and its aftermath. Still others chapters consist of philosophical musings.
I like the way he wrote the book because I feel that by going at things from many different angles, he created a richer reading experience.
I should mention that I generally like experimental fiction, and I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. But if you are someone who is interested in books that aren't straightforward linear narratives, and if you haven't read this one yet, I recommend it.