The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
A novel of irreconcilable loves and infidelities, which embraces all aspects of human existence, and addresses the nature of twentieth-century 'Being'. From the author of TESTAMENTS BETRAYED.

Raúl's Review

RaúlRaúl wrote a review
Existir, que no ser, es una pesada carga que va aumentando con el paso de los años hasta hacerse algo que puede llegar a lastrarnos. Este libro trata sobre eso y, como considero que es muy difícil resumir el argumento o dar una crítica acertada, transcribo algunos párrafos que me han gustado:

"We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lifes nor perfect it in our lives to come"

"Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love"

"Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect some day to suffer vertigo"

"What is unique about the 'I' hides itself exactly in what is unimaginable about a person. All we are able to imagine is what makes everyone like everyone else, what people have in common. The individual 'I' is what differs from the common stock, that is, what cannot be guessed at or calculated, what must be unveiled, uncovered, conquered"

"We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions -love, antipathy, charity, or malice- and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals"