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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

by Milan Kundera
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"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

"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." -- Jin Miller, Newsweek

"Kundera is a virtuoso...A work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness." -- Elizabeth Hardwick, Vanity Fair --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English, Czech (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He 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.

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"Id prefer to remain a mystery. I never like to give my background and, anyway, I make it all up different every time I'm asked," Andy Warhol said. "It's not just that it's part of my image not to tell anything, it's just that I forget what I said the day before, and I have to make it all up over again." The man described as "a serious artist whose posture was unseriousness" called himself "a deeply superficial person." He frustrated those who wanted to know more about him: "Just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it."

--This text refers to the Digital edition.

From AudioFile

Jonathan Oliver employs a husky-voiced tone that proves the right match for this darkish story, one that requires of listeners a dollop of patience. Set first in Czechoslovakia, then in Switzerland, Kundera's story tells the sometimes laborious story of a womanizing Czech surgeon forced to flee the Russian invasion and take on menial roles, giving his passion for the flesh a slighly different perspective, as he is no longer a doctor but just a window-washer. His relationship with this current female-of-choice, the interesting and puzzling Tereza, is at the center of the novel. Oliver is good, very good, pausing with great effect, having just the right amount of low-key drama and contemplative musing in his narration. He's a good fit for a book that not everyone will like, but those who stay the course will generally be pleased they did. T.H. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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