The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 1999 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover—these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence, we feel "the unbearable lightness of being" not only as the consequence of our pristine actions but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.


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The prose was uninteresting. - Goodreads
The plot was meh and completely uninteresting. - Goodreads
The ending absolutely *stings* on the previous point. - Goodreads
There's no foundation in the book, there's no plot. - Goodreads

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Good stuff: I found myself crying a bit at the end despite myself. When he drops the heavy handed philosophising and bad views and misogyny, the writing can be pretty good. Although the story is not ... Read full review

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Kundera is bringing sexy back in a bowler cap. Read full review

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The Franco-Czech novelist and critic Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

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