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The unbearable lightness of being

Author: Milan Kundera; Michael Henry Heim
Publisher: New York : Harperperennial, 2009.
Series: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : Deluxe edView all editions and formats
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Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in a sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milan Kundera; Michael Henry Heim
ISBN: 0061148520 9780061148521
OCLC Number: 319498305
Description: 314 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Lightness and weight - -Soul and body --
Words misunderstood --
Soul and body --
Lightness and weight --
The grand march --
Kerenin's smile.
Series Title: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Other Titles: Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí.
Responsibility: Milan Kundera ; translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim.

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Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in a sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.

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."

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