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The Unbearable Lightness of Being By Milan Kundera (Paperback)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being By Milan Kundera (Paperback)

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"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a philosophical novel written by Milan Kundera and published in 1984. The story is set in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the period of Soviet domination in the 1960s and 1970s.

The novel tells the story of Tomas, a successful surgeon, and his wife Tereza. Tomas is a womanizer who believes in the "unbearable lightness of being," a concept that suggests that life has no inherent meaning or purpose, and that human beings are free to create their own destiny. Tereza, on the other hand, is a sensitive and emotional woman who is deeply attached to Tomas.

As the story unfolds, the couple's relationship becomes strained due to Tomas's infidelities, and Tereza's insecurity and jealousy. The novel explores their struggles to reconcile their conflicting views on love, sex, and the meaning of life.

The story also intertwines with the political events of the time, including the Prague Spring, a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia, and its subsequent suppression by Soviet forces. The characters' personal struggles and relationships are affected by these events, and the novel delves into the broader themes of freedom, oppression, and individualism in a totalitarian regime.

Kundera's writing style is characterized by its philosophical musings and introspective nature. He explores the complexities of human nature, the nature of love and relationships, and the search for meaning in life. The novel is also known for its use of narrative techniques such as flashbacks, dreams, and shifting perspectives, which add to its richness and depth.

Overall, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a thought-provoking and beautifully written novel that explores the human condition in a profound and insightful way. It is a timeless masterpiece that has captured the hearts and minds of readers around the world.
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