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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 320
Binding Hardcover
Edition 20 anv
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060597184
ISBN-10 0060597186
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $23.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
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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.



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Hardcover
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With Michael Henry Heim | 20 anv edition from Harpercollins (May 1, 2004)
9780060597184 | details & prices | 320 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $23.99
About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in a sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
1 edition from Harpercollins (February 1, 1984); titled "Unbearable Lightness of Being"
9780060152581 | details & prices | List price $19.95
About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart
Paperback
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With Milan Kundera | from Perennial (October 1, 2008)
9780061686696 | details & prices | 341 pages | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $10.00
About: 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.
With Michael Henry Heim | Reprint edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics (April 1, 1999)
9780060932138 | details & prices | 314 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $15.99
About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart
With Sara N. Di Lima (other contributor), Lisat Johns (other contributor), Joan Gratto Liebler (other contributor), Lisa T. Johns (other contributor) | Mv tie in edition from Harpercollins (November 1, 1987)
9780060914653 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.50
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About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart
CD/Spoken Word
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With Jonathan Oliver (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Isis Audio (October 31, 1999)
9780753107140 | details & prices | 7.50 × 7.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $89.95
About: Tomas, a top surgeon in Prague, is a master of seduction.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Jonathan Oliver (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Isis Audio (January 1, 1999)
9780753104699 | details & prices | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $69.95
About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart.
Prebinding
from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2003); titled "Unbearable Lightness of Being"
9780613621656 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $25.70
About: Interweaves story and dream, past and present, and philosophy and poetry in the sardonic and erotic tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and her Swiss lover, Gerhart

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