The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Author: Milan Kundera
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060597186
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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 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.

Die Unertr Gliche Leichtigkeit Des Seins

Author: Milan Kundera
Editor: Hameln : Richarz
ISBN: 9783875858792
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A Study Guide For Milan Kundera S The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1410336794
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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 By Milan Kundera Book Analysis

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ISBN: 2808002084
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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!

Die Unertr Gliche Leichtigkeit Des Seins

Author: Milan Kundera
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ISBN: 9783937793009
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Prag zur Zeit des Kalten Kriegs. In einem Restaurant begegnen sich der erfolgreiche Chirurg Tomas und die Serviererin Teresa. Zwischen den beiden entwickelt sich eine innige, wilde Liebe, die aber immer wieder unter Tomas' unzähligen Affären mit anderen Frauen leidet. Teresa, der eine Unterscheidung von Sexualität und Liebe fremd ist, trifft seine Untreue tief ins Herz. - Ein Roman um Liebe, Sexualität, Politik und Philosophie.

Light Dragons Eine Feurige Angelegenheit

Author: Katie MacAlister
Editor: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3802592115
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Als Drache bleibt Ysolde Bouchier keine ruhige Minute. Sie will endlich den Namen ihres Geliebten Baltic reinwaschen und beweisen, dass er die Verbrechen, die ihm angelastet werden, nicht begangen hat. Dazu muss sie zuallererst ihre magischen Fähigkeiten zurückerlangen, was sich als nicht ganz einfach herausstellt ...

Verratene Verm Chtnisse

Author: Milan Kundera
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ISBN: 9783596129881
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Wer schon immer wissen wollte, wie (literatur)wissenschaftliche Sekundärliteratur lesbar aussehen könnte, der greife zu Kunderas Verratene Vermächtnisse. So amüsant wie seine Erzählungen und Romane liest sich auch dieser lange Essay, in dem sich Kundera mit Autoren und Komponisten beschäftigt - hauptsächlich mit deren Rezeptionsgeschichten. Hauptthese des Buches - Viele wichtige Werke dieses Jahrhunderts aus Musik oder Literatur seien gegen den Willen ihrer Schöpfer entstellt, verstümmelt oder falsch interpretiert überliefert. Kundera wagt etliche kühne Thesen - eine davon, Max Brod hätte sich an Kafkas Weisung halten müssen, all die Kafka-Werke zu vernichten, die Kafka nicht ausdrücklich zur Publikation freigegeben habe. Hiebe verteilt Kundera an die Exegeten und Interpreten, zumal an die sogenannten Werkimmanenten. Sehr viel ist auch die Rede von Musik. Kundera hat auch Kompositionslehre studiert.

Das Schwere Los Der Leichtigkeit

Author: Portia de Rossi
Editor: MVG Verlag
ISBN: 3864151783
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Portia de Rossi wog nur noch 38 Kilogramm, als sie am Set einer Hollywood-Produktion zusammenbrach. Nach außen hin war sie blond, schlank und schön, glamourös und erfolgreich. Doch innerlich war sie fast tot. Sie beschreibt unaufgeregt und eindringlich, wie der Druck Hollywoods, dünn zu sein, in Kombination mit ihrer geheim gehaltenen Homosexualität dazu führte, dass sie sich in ihrer Haut nie wohlfühlte und immer tiefer in die Magersucht hineinrutschte. Das Abnehmen wurde für sie zur einzigen Möglichkeit, Macht und Kontrolle über ihr Leben zu haben, bis es zu einer Krankheit wurde, die sie beinahe tötete und ihre Familie zerstörte. In ungewöhnlich offenen, mutigen Worten erzählt de Rossi mit erzählerischem Feingefühl ihre Geschichte und lässt uns tief in ihre Seele und ihr Leben als Hollywoodstar blicken. Sie lässt uns die verquere Logik ihres täglichen Strebens nach Perfektion verstehen und die Anstrengung wertschätzen, die sie zur Überwindung ihrer Probleme aufwenden musste. Eine erschreckende und zugleich hoffnungsvolle Geschichte für alle, die auf Kriegsfuß mit sich selbst oder ihrem Körper stehen.

Irreconcilable Oppositions Es Muss Sein And The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

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.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Prawn Cracker

Author: Will Self
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241962617
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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.