The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Paperback)

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On this, the 50th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, I reread this novel. I’d  remembered it as being not only political, but intensely philosophical and intimately involved with the intertwining (a question) nature of sexual and emotional relationships. What surprised and delighted me was the complexity of these relationships, and how thought-provoking the philosophy around them.  Though puppets for Kundera’s thoughts, the characters are also richly emotional and personally identifiable. Impossible, light, or otherwise, my being was enthralled by this novel! 

— Brant


In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places; brilliant and playful reflections; and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061148521
ISBN-10: 0061148520
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 320
Language: English