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Unbearable Lightness of Being, the (1984) [Novel]
by Milan Kundera Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.3 of 10 (62 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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 private actions, but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.

Original title: Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí
Original languages: Czech


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michael Henry Heim
  • "Kundera has raised the novel of ideas to a new level of dreamlike lyricism and emotional intensity." Jim Miller, Newsweek
  • "Kundera is a virtuoso . . . A work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness." Elizabeth Hardwick, Vanity Fair
  • "Brilliant . . . A work of high modernist playfulness and deep pathos." Janet Malcolm, New York Review of Books
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0060914653
Dimensions: 5.1 x 8 x .9
Pages: 314

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