The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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International Bestseller - Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

"Far more than a conventional novel. It is a meditation on life, on the erotic, on the nature of men and women and love . . . full of telling details, truths large and small, to which just about every reader will respond." -- People

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, acclaimed author Milan Kundera tells the story of two couples: 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. 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.

This magnificent novel is a story of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, and encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.



Author: Milan Kundera
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published: 07/05/2005
Series: Perennial Classics
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.62lbs
Size: 8.12h x 5.38w x 0.76d
ISBN: 9780060932138


Review Citation(s):
Beyond the Cover Author Interv 12/01/1999 pg. 6
People Weekly 12/22/2008 pg. 51

About the Author
Kundera, Milan: -

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.

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