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Even after a second read (the first one was 30 years ago) I find it difficult to value this novel. What is it really about? A handsome Prague doctor, Tom. Transcript of De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan. Milan Kundera – 1/04/ nu – Geboren in Tsjechië – Sinds in Frankrijk – Docent. Buy De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan 01 by Milan Kundera, Jana Beranová (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices.

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Once we agree that what is light ht what is heavy is a completely subjective and relative concept, the whole idea puffs away into thin air. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. At times I felt kundera was desperate to done his philosophical musings in robes of an erotic story, he failed at both grounds miserably.

Lichthedi Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France sincewhere he became a naturalized citizen in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Otherwise, it’s a great novel with an almost surgical look at totalitarianism and human imperfection.

As usual, I didn’t want to be negatively influenced by anyone’s reviews from the start. The body was a cage, and inside the cage was something which looked, listened, feared, thought, and marveled; that something, that remainder left over after the body had been accounted for, was the lichgheid.


Sometimes it can be a burden too. Martin de Haan Nawoord. Despite all that, again, I do love some bits of his writing, the questions he introduces are important and interesting and things I’ve never thought of before.


Al is het maar om aan te geven dat de eisen die een uitgever aan een boektitel stelt de afgelopen jaren zijn aangescherpt.

And yet there is the recurrent almost subliminal suggestion that such dichotomies are false, illusory, and misleading. Het kan zijn dat elementen ontbreken aan deze printversie. I would not want to even know someone that obsessed with poop, much less be in bed with him!

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In a sense it sounds like a dissection of each philosophy through his characters! View all 15 comments.

Kundera’s characters seem to searching for an elusive something, trying to find that perfect place in life where they would want to live forever. He revises the French translations of all his books; these therefore are not considered translati Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived bfstaan exile in France sincewhere he became a naturalized citizen in I tripped up over the amount of quotable lines and overlooked the endless use of the catchphrase Es muss sein!

It is as if Kundera is repeatedly trying to unite his narrative in cohesion with his philosophical insights, repeatedly failing and repeatedly attempting but never entirely succeeding. The author does an equivalent of breaking the fourth wall and talks to the reader on how he wanted to portray a character or explain his philosophy with example of different characters!


And I don’t just mean that in terms of it’s framing and context, but in terms of it’s style and the questions that it tackles. It’s not that I cannot have an open mind and accept women portrayed as weak beings, who suffer and make mistakes and ruin their lives beetaan making stupid choices, but come on!

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. On the one hand, the writing is lovely, brimming with insightful observations on the human condition. This constant need to bed every woman he meets is not a tribute to them, it is a way of dehumanizing them. A single metaphor can give birth to love.

Marc (Antwerp, 01, Belgium)’s review of De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan

De ondraaglijke lichtheid van het bestaan by Milan Kundera. Thomas would score women a day? As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. But is it worth leaving behind all that will be lost?

To summarize this book would be the equivalent of interpretation of an abstract art. I wish I had read this book so much sooner.

That doesn’t stop him. And this dichotomy one would say is quite natural given the entire book has a running theme of opposites coming together to give ondraablijke to every mundane action.