The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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By (author) Milan Kundera, Translated by Michael Henry Heim

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 314 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061148520
  • ISBN 13: 9780061148521
  • Edition statement: Deluxe
  • Sales rank: 126,984

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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. Kundera's first since "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting." 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.

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"Brilliant . . . A work of high modernist playfulness and deep pathos."-- Janet Malcolm, "New York Review of Books""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"