The Unbearable Lightness of Being When The Unbearable Lightness of Being was first published in English it was hailed as a work of the boldest mastery originality and richness by critic Elizabeth Hardwick and named one of the best

  • Title: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Author: Milan Kundera Michael Henry Heim
  • ISBN: 9780060597184
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When The Unbearable Lightness of Being was first published in English, it was hailed as a work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness by critic Elizabeth Hardwick and named one of the best books of 1984 by the New York Times Book Review It went on to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and quickly became an international bestseller Twenty yearsWhen The Unbearable Lightness of Being was first published in English, it was hailed as a work of the boldest mastery, originality, and richness by critic Elizabeth Hardwick and named one of the best books of 1984 by the New York Times Book Review It went on to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and quickly became an international bestseller Twenty years later, the novel has established itself as a modern classic To commemorate the anniversary of its first English language publication, HarperCollins is proud to offer a special hardcover edition.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.Controlled by day, Tereza s jealousy awakens by night, transformed into ineffably sad death dreams, while Tomas, a successful surgeon, alternates loving devotion to the dependent Tereza with the ardent pursuit of other women Sabina, an independent, free spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals of parents, husband, country, love itself whereas her lover, the intellectual Franz, loses all because of his earnest goodness and fidelity.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, says the novelist, the unbearable lightness of being not only as the consequence of our private acts but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.This magnificent novel encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, and embraces, it seems, all aspects of human existence It juxtaposes geographically distant places Prague, Geneva, Paris, Thailand, the United States, a forlorn Bohemian village brilliant and playful reflections on eternal return, on kitsch, on man and animals Tomas and Tereza have a beloved doe named Karenin and a variety of styles from the farcical to the elegiac to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world s truly great writers.

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    1. Milan Kundera Michael Henry Heim says:

      Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981 He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.Kundera has written in both Czech and French He revises the French translations of all his books these therefore are not considered translations but original works Due to censorship by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, his books were banned from his native country, and that remained the case until the downfall of this government in the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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    1. I was hesitant to start this, and figured for awhile that it would be one of those books that maybe I’d get around to or maybe I wouldn’t. It just didn’t seem like something I’d enjoy – it seemed too soft, or too postmodern, or too feel-good, or too based in hedonism, or too surface oriented. What caused me to give it a shot was the simple fact that I’ll be traveling to Prague in a few weeks, and since the book's setting takes place there, I figured it may put me in the mood for the [...]

    2. This review is sung by Freddy Mercury to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody.Is this a fiction?Is this just fantasy?Not just a narrativeOf Czech infidelity.Reader four eyesLook onto the page and readI'm just a Prague boy, I’ve sex with empathyBecause I'm easy come, easy goA little high, little lowAny Soviet era Czech knows, unbearable lightness of beingGood Reads, just read a bookPut a bookmark on the pagePlayed my audio now it’s readGood Reads, the book had just begunBut now I've read all Milan h [...]

    3. There is probably one novel that is the most responsible for the direction of my post-graduation European backpacking trip ten years ago which landed me in Prague for two solid weeks. Shortly before my friend Chad and I departed, he mailed me a letter and directed me to get my hands on a copy of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Just read it, he wrote. Whatever else you do, just read this book. It is about everything in the world.Being already a Kafka fan of some long-standing [...]

    4. Kundera is an unconventional writer, to say the least. If you are looking for fully fleshed characters or a smooth plot, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not for you. Kundera merely uses plot and characters as tools or examples to explain his philosophy about life, and that is what this novel is all about. He will provide a glimpse of his characters' lives, hit the pause button and then go on to explain all about what just happened, the philosophy and psychology which drives the lives of his [...]

    5. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:

      ΚΟΥΝΤΕΡΑ ΣΕ ΑΓΑΠΑΩΚαι θα σε αγαπάω απο δω και πέρα είτε με την αγάπη που βρίσκεται στο πεδίο της βαρύτητας,είτε με την αβάσταχτη ελαφρότητα στη ρευστότητα του κόσμου. Μου έμαθες απλά λιτά και απέριττα όποτε μπορώ να επιλέγω εγώ μια απο τις δυο ιδιότητες: βαρύτητα-ελαφρότητα [...]

    6. لا يوجد وصف حاضر في ذهنيلا توجد كلمات تسعفنيأشعر بالعجز التامكلما ارتأيت مفتاحا مناسبا للكتابة عن هذه التحفة خذلني قلميأرتبك وأتحير وأتلعثموأصمتوأصمت كثيراأولم يقولوا"والصمت في حضرة الجمال جمال"تعلمني الرواية-نعم أقول تعلمني لا علمتنيلأنها لاتزال للآن في دميتعلمني أن أت [...]

    7. This book definitely wins the award for Most Pretentious Title Ever. People would ask me what I was reading, and I would have to respond by reading the title in a sarcastic, Oxford-Professor-of-Literature voice to make it clear that I was aware of how obnoxiously superior I sounded. Honestly, Kundera: stop trying so hard. Chill. Out.When I first started reading this book, I really disliked it. Kundera wastes the first two chapters on philosophical ramblings before he finally gets around to telli [...]

    8. I have a bone to pick with Kundera and his following. People, this has got to be the most over-rated book of human history. I mean, references to infidelity alone (even infidelity that makes use of funky costumes like '50s ganster hats--the only note-and-applauseworthy aspect this book!) do NOT make for good literature, and such is The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in a nutshell. The male protaganist is, hands down, a one-dimensional and boring buffoon, while the female protaganist is lackluste [...]

    9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being was almost unbearable to read. There was a lot of pseudo-intellectual meandering about things that deserved a little more grit. Rather, I prefer a little more reality. I didn't care about the characters, and I didn't feel like they cared about anything. I feel like saying I was impressed with the thoughtiness of this book, but by the time I typed it I'd be so buried under multiple levels of irony that I'd suddenly be accidentally sincere again. What was I saying [...]

    10. منذ متى وانا لم اقرأ رواية بتلك الروعة ميلان كونديرا أعادني من جديد الى عالم الروايات المترجمة الذي كنت برحته منذ زمن ليس بقليل من أين جاء كونديرا بكل هذه الفلسفه وهذه المعاني الراقيه يطرح كونديرا تساؤل عميق حول "" إمكانيةإدانة ما هو زائل؟ "" بمعني هل يمكننا الحكم على صحه او خط [...]

    11. 13% and I'm done. I have had a run of books that have bored me, or annoyed me, or just did nothing for me. This one is You know, I don't even know how to describe this one. I pretty much hated it from the first page. I do not understand the high rating on for this book. I can barely stand the thought of picking it up again and reading more of the words telling me things about characters that I could not possibly care less about. We have Tomas, whom we meet standing on his balcony and vacillatin [...]

    12. The Unbelievable Lightness of The NovelI had started reading this in 2008 and had gotten along quite a bit before I stopped reading the book for some reason and then it was forgotten. Recently, I saw the book in a bookstore and realized that I hadn't finished it. I picked it up and started it all over again since I was not entirely sure where I had left off last time. I was sure however that I had not read more than, say, 30 pages or so. I definitely could not remember reading it for a long peri [...]

    13. بار هستی برایم فراتر از یک کتاب بودشیفته آثار کهن و کلاسیک بودم و نتوانسته بودم با آثار مدرن ارتباطی برقرار کنمشاید چون انسان های عصر جدید را نمی فهمیدمولی کوندرا در این کتاب مثه یک جراح ماهر،شخصیت ها را کالبد شکافی کرد و این کتاب یکی از بهترین تجربه های کتابخوانی ام شدخواندن [...]

    14. يا إلهي!ما هذا القئ؟هذا الرجل عجيب له القدرة على أن يعطي للسخف والتفاهة هالة من العمقلم تعجبني أبدًاهي أسوأ ما قرأت هذا العام بعد روايته الأولى، الجهلالتي أرى أنا فكرتها مكررة هنا أيضًا.ولكن، علام تدور كل هذه الرواية وسابقتها أيضًا؟تقريبًا نفس المحاور الرئيسيةأولًا : الحدي [...]

    15. 256. Nesnesitelná lehkost bytí = L’insoutenable légèreté de l’être = The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kunderaعنوانها: بار هستی؛ نویسنده: میلان کوندرا؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هشتم ماه سپتامبر سال 1987 میلادی؛ و بار دوم: سال 2007 میلادیعنوان: بار هستی؛ نویسنده: میلان کوندرا؛ مترجم: پرویز همایون پور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گف [...]

    16. It's rare that I come across a title and intuitively tag it as an oxymoron; rarer still, I continue to silently contemplate the space lying between the duo.Unbearable Lightness. How is lightness, unbearable? Isn’t it the right of heaviness for all I know? But the oxymoron is further granted a neighbor – Being. And that muddles up the equation for good. What is Being? A floating mass of dissimilar silos, each absorbing and dispersing in surprisingly equal measure to stay afloat? Or a concrete [...]

    17. I spent part of my lazy weekend reading this book on the grassy hills of The Huntington Library surrounded by gardens, art, and beauty. Even the serene surroundings and my sensational reading date could not make up for this book. Weak characters, horrible assumptions, pseudo philosophy, and no clear grasp of how women are actually motivated. Only wannabe Lotharios who pride themselves as philosophers would enjoy this. I tried. I really did.

    18. The desire for utopia is the basis of the world's ills, we are too much narcissistic to take life an ingenuous phenomenon, the fear of oblivion has always titillated Man to fancy another life after this one, the failure to cope facts led Man to dwell in highlands of fantasy, and the failure to cope the ratiocination of universe made our earth pregnant with religions so many, all we were to do was to live, to live to the fullest of the moments we have here, and to love, to love those who ceased c [...]

    19. the people in this book have a lot of sex. 75% of the book is getting down and doing the nasty (or thinking about it). the sex parts are written in that lofty academic language of "heat" and "passion". the word moist is used liberally. all the really raunchy stuff about body fluids is left out. though probably not too much fluid was exchanged because these people fucked and fucked and fucked and never had babies. the really interesting stuff comes between the sex partse book is propelled along w [...]

    20. Rarely do I come across a book which stubbornly evades categorization of any kind, managing to keep the reader behind a veil of mystification till the very end. Like while you were reading, the book kept on giving you one insightful glimpse after another into the convoluted workings of the human psyche. But when it ended, whatever the narrative managed to encapsulate within the scope of a few hundred pages, vanished in a puff of smoke without leaving any tangible proof of its prior existence. I [...]

    21. I felt this book was contrived and to me it seemed as if the author tried desperately to sound intellectual. Instead he came off egotistical. First off all the meandering about Nietzche and quite frankly he set me off to start off by making statements I couldn't agree but he goes right on as if it is a trueism that everyone must believe in. To be quite frank the characters were boring. The prose was uninteresting. There was no emotion, no real depth, and how many times to I have to hear about hi [...]

    22. You know those books that you finish and then immediately begin again because they were just that good? That's what happened with Unbearable Lightness and me. After turning the page on the incredibly heart-wrenching last chapter, I needed to begin it anew so that I could savor those doughnuts of wisdom that Kundera tosses out like they were stale day-olds.After reading the first few chapters of the book, I wrote a note to myself that said "If Love in the Time of Cholera is a representative of La [...]

    23. Three hikers are out on a walk, and it starts to rain. Within minutes, they realize that they've been caught in a powerful storm, and they quickly find shelter under a rock overhang. As they are pressed back against the side of the sharp rock, they unknowingly perceive the storm in three very different ways. Hiker #1 finds the unpredictability of the storm wild, wonderful and erotic. She knows that you can not control nature, nor would she be foolish enough to think that she could understand wha [...]

    24. A good Europop lit-fic offering—a bit outmoded now, like Snap! or 2Unlimited. But still compelling fodder for philosophising undergrads with higher aspirations than erotic encounters with their right hands. The narrator is droll, sardonic, wise, and almost unbearably smug. In fact, I thought about using the line The Unbearable Smugness of Being but I decided not to because . . . drat! Also: I have vivid memories of the film version, where Juliette Binoche’s underpants ride up her crack in a [...]

    25. “In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness Of BeingAfter hearing last month that the great Slavic translator Michael Henry Heim had died, I thought it was about time to read some Kundera. I enjoyed the concept of ULoB probably better than the actual book (although I still felt the book was exceptional). I certainly have my own issues with both Nietzsche's idea of eternal recurrance and K [...]

    26. لا اعرف ان كنت سعيدة من الانتهاء من قرأتها أم حزينة ؟ كانت رواية رائعة عميقة دفينة واقعية فلسفيةبعدها الإنساني في دواخل المرأة والرجل ،علاقتهما المصيرية ،و دواخل الإنسان التائه في هذا الكون الرواية تستاهل رفيو مرررتب :)------------------هذه الرواية كالحلم تعبر به الى عوالم الداخل ا [...]

    27. Milan Kundera’s book was the first title I added to back in 2013. Despite that it took me a while to finally read it. I guess I was a bit afraid that the philosophy dense prose will be too much for me without background in this subject. I needn’t had worried as I enjoyed most of it and I did not fell overwhelmed. “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can either compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come”I believe that Kundera’s [...]

    28. Really 3.5, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and rounded up to 4.This book is a series of anecdotes with moments of deep and surreal introspection. There are several time jumps that throw off the linearity - sometimes causing confusion, but not too badly. All of these are part of one all encompassing story.Basically a story of sexuality and the cold war in Czechoslovokia. The beginning two sections were a little hard for me to get into, but after that I either got used to the writing or th [...]

    29. This is not your everyday run of the mill novel. Not everyone is going to like it. It's enigmatic, provocative, philosophical, and somewhat confusing at times. It's a little romantic, a little historical, a little political, and all that makes it sound unappealing, but it's not. It's beautifully written, it's character driven, I mean really character driven. There are three main characters, Tomas, the surgeon turned window washer, Teresa, his shy and devoted wife, and Sabina, his mistress, the k [...]

    30. هل هي الثقل أم الخفة أم الأثنين معاً؟هل هي رواية أم تحليل نفسي أم فلسفة حياة أم إعادة تناول لمفاهيم الحياة؟هل هي جانب من الحياة أم كل الحياة؟؟بدايةً هي أول قراءاتي لكونديرا ولن تكون الأخيرة بعد قراءتي لهذه الراوية، فقبل أي شئ بهرني أسلوب كونديرا في السرد، وللحق سألقبه بـ "ال [...]

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