The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by Milan Kundera

In Brief

Ostensibly a love story about a philandering physician and his simple, faithful country wife, Kundera’s classic is also a historical account of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and a philosophical meditation on art, life, love, freedom, fate and free will.

Why you should read it

It will make you think, feel and ponder in a way that few novels are able to do. Just as Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people”, so this Czech novel is the best kind of adult read.

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