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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Concerning "kitsch" in Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, you are correct that it is, literally, inferior art. It may be inferior for different reasons, two of which are sentimentality...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2011 3:36 am UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Kundera's title of the work reflects a passage in which he sought to distinguish between "weight" and "lightness." When he speaks of weight, he is speaking of the weight of our experiences, our...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009 1:39 am UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

In Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Tereza and Tomas are lovers who have returned to their native Czechoslovakia after initially fleeing the Soviet invasion of 1968. They are not...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020 1:24 am UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a complex read because of its philosophical themes, many characters, nonlinear plot, and political setting. Due to Kundera (the author) himself experiencing...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018 5:30 pm UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The idea of literary polyphony, originally a music term, was developed by the Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin in his book Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics, which should be consulted for a fuller...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 3:32 pm UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The major relationship that is explored within this book is that between Tomas and Tereza, and it is clear that their relationship together has a massive impact on both of them. This is...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 12:35 pm UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Kundera's fiction is a critique of the cultural attitudes communism imposes upon its people. In his novels we are presented with characters who either resist the herd-mentality of the Eastern Bloc...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 10:55 pm UTC

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

In my mind, I am not sure one can go past the initial construction of "lightness" and "weight" that Kundera offers at the outset of the book. This can become one of the most profound elements of...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 1:09 am UTC

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