The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

Paperback | May 3, 1999

byMilan Kundera

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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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Both a best-selling novel and a highly acclaimed film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, French novelist extraordinaire Milan Kundera’s best-known work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, is a contemporary classic in 20th century fiction. This often bleak, very beautiful and intensely poetic tale explores the trappings of modern life and the u...

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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 occu...

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all origin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 3, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Both a best-selling novel and a highly acclaimed film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, French novelist extraordinaire Milan Kundera’s best-known work, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, is a contemporary classic in 20th century fiction. This often bleak, very beautiful and intensely poetic tale explores the trappings of modern life and the universal search for love, in all its soulless, yet eternally hopeful sadness. Kundera is also the respected author of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and Slowness.

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"Mr. Kundera's novel composed in the spirit of the late quartets of Beethoven is concerned with the opposing elements of freedom and necessity among a quartet of entangled lovers."(The New Yorker)