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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being - A Lover's Story

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being - A Lover's Story
Author: Milan; Translated from the Czech by Heim, Michael
ISBN 13: 9780060932138
ISBN 10: 60932139
Edition: Later Printing
Publisher: Perennial Classics
Publication Date: 1999
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
List Price: N/A

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.

Janet Malcolm

Brilliant . . . A work of high modernist playfulness and deep pathos. —New York Review of Books