Kundera has raised the novel of ideas to a new level of dreamlike lyricism and emotional intensity. Newsweek
Kundera is a virtuoso . . . A work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness. Vanity Fair
A meditation on life, on the erotic, on the nature of men and women and love...full of telling details, truths large and small.
Kundera has raised the novel of ideas to a new level of dream-like lyricism and emotional intensity.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is both a love story and a novel of ideas.... Witty, seductive, serious... also full of feeling and enormously experienced in the tricky interplay of sex and politics.... One of the finest and most consistently interesting novelists in Europe or America, [Kundera] has a powerful tale to tell.
The Washington Post Book World
Few contemporary writers have succeeded as Kundera has in combining a cool, elegant, formal objectivity with warm, intimate (almost embarrassingly intimate) pictures of the imperfect realities of adult love. Kundera's heroes may be Don Juans, but they are shy, apologetic ones; his women are intensely physical beings, but they are also as quirkily intelligent and stubbornly independent as his men.
A work of large scale and complexity, symphonically arranged... political and philosophical, erotic and spiritual, funny and profound.... There is no wiser observer now writing of the multifarious relations of men and women.... Kundera's intelligence is both speculative and playful. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is his best novel yet.
The Wall Street Journal