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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera

Published: 2004-09-02
Hardcover : 306 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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  "A womanizer in Czech during communism."by christymg (see profile) 06/13/08

I enjyoed the book. The language was beautiful, and the characters were engaging. However, it is a deep read that either requires another read or an interpertation. Also, not so familiar with the history... (read more)

 
  "challenging read"by mondman (see profile) 04/24/08

It was a challenging read, but I was glad I did the work.

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