The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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'A cult figure' - Guardian * 'A dark and brilliant achievement' - Ian McEwan * '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 incorrigible 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 irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance and weight - and we feel 'the unbearable lightness of being'.

A masterpiece by one of the world's truly great writers, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being encompasses passion and philosophy, infidelity and ideas, the Prague Spring and modern America, political acts and private desires, comedy and tragedy - and illuminates all aspects of human existence.

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