The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) by Milan Kundera is a novel that mixes together the Prague Spring, ruminations of philosophy and sex in a mixture that is catnip for many people. The main characters in the book are Tomas, a surgeon and his young wife Tereza, his main mistress Sabina and her later lover Franz. In addition Tomas’ many other affairs occupy much of the book.
The main idea of light being either unbearably meaningful or meaningless is an interesting one. The events of the failure of Communism in Czechoslovakia also provide an interesting backdrop for pondering philosophical ideas.
It’s a book I’d last read 20 years ago. It was curious to see that I’d picked up some of the ideas from the book and had forgotten where they came from.
Well worth a reread.


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