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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera ; translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim
Format
Book
Published
New York : Harperperennial, 2009.
Edition
Deluxe ed
Language
English
Czech (translated from)
Uniform Title
Nesnesitelná Lehkost Bytí English
Series
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN
0061148520, 9780061148521
Summary
Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in a sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
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."
Contents
  • Lightness and weight
  • -Soul and body
  • Words misunderstood
  • Soul and body
  • The grand march
  • Kerenin's smile.
Description
314 pages ; 21 cm.
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