The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Sep 30, 2008 - Fiction - 341 pages

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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"When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object." The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not a straight forward tale as it features a love story as well as some philosophical musings which ... Read full review

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3.5 An interesting poetic style tinged by layers of sadness. It was well worth the read. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Milan Kundera 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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