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The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Study Guide

Milan Kundera

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Overview

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Author

Milan Kundera

Year Published

1984

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical Fiction, Philosophy

Perspective and Narrator

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is narrated in the first person by the author persona of Milan Kundera. He switches to a close third-person perspective to relate the stories of his four main characters, whom he admits having invented.

Tense

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is written in the present tense when the narrator asserts himself in the story and otherwise in the past tense.

About the Title

As the narrator of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera claims to have written the novel as an exercise exploring German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's idea of eternal return. Kundera posits that if humans only live once, then their lives are "light" and inconsequential. Knowing one's life is "light" is unbearable to a person craving a sense of meaning for his or her existence.

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