The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Set against the backdrop of the Prague Spring period of Czechoslovak history, the novel explores the philosophical concept of Nietzsche's eternal return through the intertwined lives of four characters: a womanizing surgeon, his intellectual wife, his naïve mistress, and her stoic lover. The narrative delves into their personal struggles with lightness and heaviness, freedom and fate, love and betrayal, and the complexities of human relationships, all while offering a profound meditation on the nature of existence and the paradoxes of life.

The 127th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 2245

Since this book was first published in 1984, there is a penalty of 16.0%. The age adjusted score is 1885.8.

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