The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Book - 1984 | lst edition
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A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover--these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence, we feel "the unbearable lightness of being" not only as the consequence of our pristine actions but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1984]
Edition: lst edition
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 9780060932138
9780061148521
Branch Call Number: KUNDERA
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Heim, Michael Henry

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"True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists in its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental débcle, a débcle so fundamental that all others stem from it."

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