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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Language English
Contributor(s) Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim
Binding Paperback
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Overview: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The book, Unbearable Lightness of Being is a touching and a deep story by Milan Kundera regarding the flaws and defects of adult love and how sometimes the decisions that are taken have affect over people and their destinies.

The book is set in the backdrop of the year 1968 when the Soviet occupied Prague. The story focuses completely around two women and two men and is written in a philosophical manner that sheds light upon the lifestyles of the artists and intellectuals who were present in the society of those days.

Tomas, one of the main male characters, is a surgeon and at the same time a womanizer who has a stormy relationship with his wife, another main character, Tereza. At the same time, he is in love with an artist known as Sabina. Franz, a Swiss university professor, is also in love with Sabina. However, Franz is in a bit of a situation. He is very noble and faithful but is in a situation where he might lose everything he stands for. Other characters in this story are Simon, who is the son of Tomas from a previous marriage, and a dog. The story focuses on these people who are struggling to understand the meaning of life and their purpose in it while they rebuild their career.

Milan Kundera, born on April 1st 1929, is one of the most famous living authors of Czech Republic. He was on exile for quite some years in France and then became a citizen of it in 1981. He learnt the language so well that he wrote books in both French and Czech. His books were banned by the Communist Regimes of Czechoslovakia until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Other books by him include, 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting', 'The Joke', 'Laughable Loves', and many more.

The paperback edition of this book has been published by Penguin Faber Joint with the ISBN-10 number 0571135390 and ISBN-13 number 978-0571135394. You can order for it online and get the book delivered in a couple of days.

Features: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Fiction
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date August 21, 2000
Publisher Faber
Contributor(s) Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim
Binding Paperback
Edition Main
Page Count 320
ISBN 10 0571135390
ISBN 13 9780571135394
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 252 grams
Product Dimensions 12.6 cm x 2 cm x 19.8 cm
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  1.  Intense! 26 September, 2013 On
    Certainly Kundera's finest! Brilliantly written story with exceptional emphasis on characters - how their childhood defines who they are, the decisions they take at life-changing moments, and the constant tension that exists between who they are and who they would like to be. Extremely well defined characters.

    The author conjures some beautiful dialogues: “Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”, “The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.” and finely balances the narrative with philosophy.

    Deducted one star for the Communism twist to the story; felt that it could be avoided. Apart from that, a must read!!
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