The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble... show more
A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being.” A major achievement from one of the world’s truly great writers, Milan Kundera’s magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.
Publish date: October 24th 2009
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern 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!