The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 1st 1999
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Czech Literature
Guysguysguys!!! I just found my new favourite! I'm still astonished by the flow of sentences and the way he dissects his characters - with love that's not easy to find in modern literature. I recommend it to all my followers!
Milan Kundera ma w Polsce status kultowy. Kochamy go, bo udało mu się mówić o komunizmie i praskiej wiośnie w tak lekki, bezpretensjonalny sposób, na jaki nie było stać żadnego polskiego pisarza. W ogóle zazdrościmy Czechom dystansu do siebie, ale dobrze wiemy, że w Polsce by to nie przeszło – wyobr...
Książka niezwykła, lekka, mimo dość ciężkiej tematyki. To była pierwsza powieść filozoficzna jaką przeczytałam i chyba to był dobry wybór, ponieważ autor potrafił tłumaczyć to co chciał przekazać w metaforach. Książka ta wprowadza w melancholijny nastrój i każe się zastanawiać nad poruszanymi temata...
I had wanted to read this book for years, and I suppose the passage of time increased the height of the pedestal of expectation upon which I placed it. While I can't say that I am entirely disappointed, I can't say that it wow-ed me either. Personally, I found the work to be pregnant with implied pa...
Once again a category with lots of possible choices. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of the most beautiful love stories I ever read. It really made me cry - but not because of the love story. I cried when Karenin, the dog, died!
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