The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim
40th anniversary edition of the bestselling modern classic: Milan Kundera’s iconic novel of love and politics in communist Czechoslovakia.
‘Shamelessly clever … Exhilaratingly subversive and funny.’ Independent
‘A modern classic … As relevant now as when it was first published. ‘ John Banville
A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon: a man torn between his love for her and his womanising. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals, while her other lover stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by choices and events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance and weight – and we feel ‘the unbearable lightness of being’.
Kundera’s classic provoked a whole generation, encompassing passion and philosophy, body and soul, infidelity and ideas, the Prague Spring and modern America, political acts and private desires, comedy and tragedy – in fact, all of human existence.
What readers are saying:
‘Some books change your mind, some change your heart, the very best change your whole world … A mighty piece of work, that will shape your life forever.’
‘One of the best books I’ve ever read … A book about love and life, full of surprises. Beautiful.’
‘This book is going to change your life … It definitely leaves you with a hangover after you’re done reading.’
‘Kundera writes about love as if in a trance so the beauty of it is enchanting and dreamy … Will stay with you.’
"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"
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