The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by Milan 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060932138
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 155,347
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Milan Kundera is the author of the novels The Joke, Farewell Waltz, Life Is Elsewhere, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. His most recent novels Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.


Paris, France

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1929

Place of Birth:

Brno, Czechoslovakia


Undergraduate degree in philosophy, Charles University, Prague, 1952

Table of Contents

Part One Lightness and Weight 1(36)
Part Two Soul and Body 37(42)
Part Three Words Misunderstood 79(50)
Part Four Soul and Body 129(44)
Part Five Lightness and Weight 173(68)
Part Six The Grand March 241(38)
Part Seven Karenin's Smile 279

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