The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A mighty piece of work, that will shape your life forever.' 'One of the best books I've ever read ... A book about love and life, full of surprises. Beautiful.' 'This book is going to change your life .

Author: Milan Kundera

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057136764X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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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. What readers are saying: 'Some books change your mind, some change your heart, the very best change your whole world ... A mighty piece of work, that will shape your life forever.' 'One of the best books I've ever read ... A book about love and life, full of surprises. Beautiful.' 'This book is going to change your life ... It definitely leaves you with a hangover after you're done reading.' 'A must read - loved it, such beautiful observations on life, love and sexuality.' 'Kundera writes about love as if in a trance so the beauty of it is enchanting and dreamy ... Will stay with you forever.' 'A beautiful novel that helps you understand life better ... Loved it.' 'One of those rare novels full of depth and insight into the human condition ... Got me reading Camus and Sartre.' 'One of the best books I have ever read ... An intellectual love story if ever there was one.'

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Book Analysis

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Unbearable Lightness of Being with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Unbearable Lightness of Being with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, an intricate, cyclical novel which charts the lives of Tomas, a successful surgeon, his wife Tereza, his lover Sabina, and Sabina’s lover Franz. The narrative skilfully blends the characters’ experiences of love, political activism and happiness with philosophical musings on the “lightness” of existence, creating an engaging novel which encourages readers to reflect on the meaning of their own lives. Milan Kundera was born in Czechoslovakia, where he had a successful career as a university lecturer and author until the country was invaded by Soviet forces in 1968 following the Prague Spring. His books were banned by the Communist regime, and he moved to France in 1975. He has won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Jerusalem Prize (1985) and the Czech State Literature Prize (2007). Find out everything you need to know about The Unbearable Lightness of Being in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: •A complete plot summary •Character studies •Key themes and symbols •Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

A Study Guide for Milan Kundera s The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A Study Guide for Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical ...

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Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

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A Study Guide for Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The author examines the book " The unbearable lightness of being by the Czech author Milan Kundera and analyzes the books three main characters in psychological terms.

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The author examines the book " The unbearable lightness of being by the Czech author Milan Kundera and analyzes the books three main characters in psychological terms.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Unbearable

Not that there's anything "micro" about my brain. Anyway-here is a collection in which I share my thoughts, ruminations, suggestions, complaints and epiphanies where these "cosms" are concerned. Wear a helmet.

Author: Kelli Jae Baeli

Publisher: Kelli Jae Baeli

ISBN: 1440447675

Category: Humor

Page: 190

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I don't consider myself the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I'm certainly not a spoon. I think about things. I put human nature under a microscope. Sometimes to my own peril. And I write about it. And politics, science, cosmology, relationships, sex, coffee, my angst, my weirdness, my cats & anything else that pops or chaps. But I think you will often find me quite humorous. Especially if you like sarcasm.Unless you're just blithely cruising through life, you'll notice there's a lot going on in this macrocosm of existence. This means there's a lot going on the microcosm of my brain. Not that there's anything "micro" about my brain. Anyway-here is a collection in which I share my thoughts, ruminations, suggestions, complaints and epiphanies where these "cosms" are concerned. Wear a helmet.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth

There is nothing unusual about the barrel-organ man who walks into private detective Louie Knight's office.

Author: Malcolm Pryce

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781408800690

Category: Aberystwyth (Wales)

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There is nothing unusual about the barrel-organ man who walks into private detective Louie Knight's office. Apart from the fact that he has lost his memory. And his monkey is a former astronaut. And he is carrying a suitcase that he is too terrified to open. And he wants a murder investigated. The only thing unusual about the murder is that it took place a hundred years ago. And needs solving by the following week. Louie is too smart to take on such a case but also too broke to turn it down. Soon he is lost in a labyrinth of intrigue and terror, tormented at every turn by a gallery of mad nuns, gangsters and waifs, and haunted by the loss of his girlfriend, Myfanwy, who has disappeared after being fed drugged raspberry ripple ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker

These are restaurant reviews of the kind you've never read before.

Author: Will Self

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241962617

Category: Travel

Page: 50

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker - hilarious restaurant reviews by Booker nominee Will Self 'Most food writing and restaurant criticism is concerned with the ideal, with how by cooking this, or dining there, you can somehow ingurgitate a new - or at any rate improved - social, aesthetic and even spiritual persona. I aimed to turn this proposition on its head, and instead of commenting on where and what people would ideally like to eat I would consider where and what they actually did: the ready meals, buffet snacks and - most importantly - fast food that millions of Britons chomp upon in the go-round of their often hurried and dyspeptic lives.' In this selection from his wickedly funny New Statesman Real Meals column, Will Self reviews the chains where most of us go to eat (KFC, Greggs, Yo! Sushi, Pizza Express and their like), delves into the ubiquitous Thai meal and Chicken Tikka Masala, and experiences hotel breakfasts, frozen TV dinners and airline food on our behalf. These are restaurant reviews of the kind you've never read before. Will Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian, an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has written five collections of shorter fiction and three novellas: The Quantity Theory of Insanity; Grey Area; License to Hug; The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo; Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys; Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes. Self has also compiled a number of nonfiction works, including The Undivided Self: Selected Stories; Junk Mail; Perfidious Man; Sore Sites; Feeding Frenzy; Psychogeography; Psycho Too and The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker.



Nationalism Without Walls

Nationalism Without Walls, a profound examination of Canadian nationhood by one of our leading political commentators, remains essential reading for everyone trying to come to terms with the nature of Canada.

Author: Richard Gwyn

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 9780771037207

Category: Political Science

Page: 325

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Featuring a new epilogue bringing various aspects of Gwyn's analysis up-to-date - in particular a new section on Quebec - Gwyn explores the various options available to post-referendum Canada. Nationalism Without Walls, a profound examination of Canadian nationhood by one of our leading political commentators, remains essential reading for everyone trying to come to terms with the nature of Canada.


Irreconcilable Oppositions Es Muss Sein and The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Because the novel has a limited scope, it is difficult to examine the breadth of these concepts and fully unlock their complexities.

Author: Angela C. Milton

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Author's Abstract: Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a novel written in response to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's myth of eternal return. Through questioning Nietzsche's myth, Kundera creates an existential framework that rejects eternal return and illustrates his foundational concepts of lightness and weight. Kundera posits that in the absence of eternal return, life becomes meaningless because all of the moments of a person's life disappear the moment that life ceases to be. In order to combat this terrifying prospect, Kundera suggests that a person must combat fate. Likewise, a person may discover how to give significance to life through the pursuit of lightness or weight. This thesis examines the function of lightness and weight and uses them to explore films that visualize Kundera's key concepts. Because the novel has a limited scope, it is difficult to examine the breadth of these concepts and fully unlock their complexities. Removing them from Kundera's novel and using them as a lens to examine films allows the ideas to move from the hypothetical sphere so that they can become fully meaningful.

Milan Kundera

Presents a collection of critical essays about the work of Milan Kundera.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143811334X

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Page: 172

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-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights. -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers. Known best for his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera is also an established poet, playwright, and essayist.


Orange Coast Magazine

Unbearable Lightness of Being Best Original Screenplay, Naomi Fon- er,
Running on Empty Best Adapted Screenplay, Philip Kaufman and Jean-Claude
Carriere, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Best Cinematography, Sven
Nykvist, The ...

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Orange Coast Magazine is the oldest continuously published lifestyle magazine in the region, bringing together Orange County¹s most affluent coastal communities through smart, fun, and timely editorial content, as well as compelling photographs and design. Each issue features an award-winning blend of celebrity and newsmaker profiles, service journalism, and authoritative articles on dining, fashion, home design, and travel. As Orange County¹s only paid subscription lifestyle magazine with circulation figures guaranteed by the Audit Bureau of Circulation, Orange Coast is the definitive guidebook into the county¹s luxe lifestyle.

Everywhere and Everything

"Although the discussion of "kitsch" has traditionally been confined to the visual arts, this thesis extends it to all of human experience: expression, objects, thoughts, events, and memory.

Author: Mary Boscarino

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Category: Kitsch

Page: 122

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"Although the discussion of "kitsch" has traditionally been confined to the visual arts, this thesis extends it to all of human experience: expression, objects, thoughts, events, and memory. By aligning kitsch with Jean Baudrillard's "hyperreality," it argues that everything is kitsch. Kitsch is a process of reduction and transformation--it precedes any experience, denying whatever is incompatible with itself ("shit") by changing it into kitsch. Kitsch produces a set of images, concepts, and words it deems representative of humanity's accumulated experience to which any response is then always confined. So regardless of what something is inherently, persons cannot help but respond as if it were kitsch. The inescapability of kitsch is examined through Sabina of Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Bee of Imre Kertesz's Liquidation. Kitsch is both that which renders the real nonexistant and the response to a world in which the real no longer exists" --Abstract.

Unbearable Lightness

Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers a revelatory and searing account of the years she spend secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's ...

Author: Portia de Rossi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439177783

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers a revelatory and searing account of the years she spend secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's bright lights. 8-page b&w photo insert.

Sense Being and Postmodern Emotion

The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Immortality Kundera makes overt and
playful reference to the intimate connection between these two novels on the
jacket of the English translation of Immortality , quoting from the text of that novel
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The Unbearable Lightness of MCI

Abstract : The title of this Editorial, with apologies to Milan Kundera (Kundera, 1985) implies no lack of gravitas in the concept of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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Abstract : The title of this Editorial, with apologies to Milan Kundera (Kundera, 1985) implies no lack of gravitas in the concept of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Rather, it refers to the current definitions of MCI being somewhat free-floating, loosely anchored to diagnostic frameworks, and more conceptual than operational. In their defense, we cannot completely obliterate the flexibility clinicians need in order to exercise expert judgment and take individual patients' circumstances into account when making clinical diagnoses. Further, it would be imprudent to prematurely codify diagnostic criteria for MCI; after all, we are still gathering basic information about the wide range of mildly impaired states that we encounter in different clinical settings and in the population at large.

Jacques and His Master

Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining "variation" on Diderot's novel Jacques le Fatalist, written for Milan Kundera's "private pleasure" in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Author: Milan Kundera

Publisher: HarpPeren

ISBN: 9780060912222

Category: Fiction

Page: 90

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Jacques and His Master is a deliciously witty and entertaining "variation" on Diderot's novel Jacques le Fatalist, written for Milan Kundera's "private pleasure" in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. When the "heavy Russian irrationality" fell on Czechoslovakia, Milan Kundera explains, he felt drawn to the spirit of the eighteenth century—"And it seemed to me that nowhere was it to be found more densely concentrated than in that banquet of intelligence, humor, and fantasy, Jacques le Fataliste." The upshot was this "Homage to Diderot," which has now been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Here, Jacques and His Master, newly translated by Simon Callow, is a text that will delight Kundera's admirers throughout the English-speaking world.