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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."
A major achievement from one of the world's truly great writers, Milan Kundera's magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.
In my humble opinion, M. Kundera is superb essayist. If your expectations are set by his essays, then, I am afraid, you won't be thrilled by his novels, but you will enjoy them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CC
A well-written, beautiful book. Kundera brings you into his world of complicated love, the meaning of life and how the decisions we make affect those around us.Published 9 months ago by fionah
This is the story of Tomaz and Tereza as it unfolds in the modern state of Czechoslovakia over three generations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ian Gordon Malcomson
This book is a heavy read. It is written really well, but Kundera's style is very different than most authors. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2004
Anyone who has read any Kundera knows what to expect - narrative, history, and philosophical musings mixed into an "experimental" novel. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Zafiro Blue
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an interesting mix of social commentary, history lesson and relationship examination all rolled into one novel that is told, not by a narrator,... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Damian Kelleher
Anyone with a background in philosophy might do a double take upon reading the title of this book; "Being" is not typically thought of as being unbearably light but as heavy. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by benjamin
Let there be a space forever reserved for this book in that most exclusive of literary categories - the novel of ideas. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Matthew Krichman
I really enjoyed reading THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, though it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Totally Anonymous